August 29, 1995 |
Nine-year-old Jamile Wilson has been hanging around with three artists and learning a lot from them as they work in an empty lot in North Philadelphia. For about a month they've been carving wood, cutting glass, painting boards and doing all kinds of stuff to create something they call Obele Uno on Warnock Street near Huntingdon Street for the Village of Arts and Humanities. Obele Uno means "small house" in Ibo, one of the main languages in Nigeria, and that's what it is, a small house, 12 feet high and 8 feet square, made out of junk.
December 16, 2001 |
Bill and Linda Low have owned four old houses together over the last 25 years, so you'd think they'd have four times the horror stories. Not really. If they didn't like owning and restoring old houses, they would have stopped after the first one, a small house in the center of Doylestown, built in 1850, that they traded for a circa 1870 house on five acres in Plumstead Township, which they then sold to buy a 1797 house in Solebury, which they exchanged, in August 1998, for a 1720 house in New Hope.
December 11, 1986 |
If you're in the market for a good small house, you ought to take a drive up to Blue Bell and checkout the open house at 795 Boehms Church Road. The house there is more than just good. It's The Best Small House. At least that's according to House Beautiful, which sponsored the search for what they call The Best Small House, '87. The magazine has determined the "small" Blue Bell home to be best because of the way the architect and decorator were able to make the most out of space and interior design, given a 1,500-square-foot floor plan.
July 3, 2012
Q. My parents both died in 2010. At the time of their deaths, they owned a small house in North Philly. Shortly after that, the house next to theirs was declared unsafe and taken down by the city. In the process, mother and dad's house was so badly damaged, that it had to go. The insurance company paid the estate for the loss, and the children divided the money. Now the city has notified us to pay the real-estate taxes on the lot. They tell us that we now own it even though the title is still in our parents' names.
October 11, 1987 |
Woodbury City Council has authorized the sale of three city-owned properties. Officials said Tuesday that they hope to collect approximately $21,900 in revenues from sale of the parcels, which consist of single vacant lots on West Barber Avenue and on Park Avenue, and a lot with a small house on South Barber Avenue. Woodbury City Council clerk Frederick Bayer said the city will advertise the sales in the local newspaper for bids. Officials said the properties were either left over from subdivision sales made many years ago or seized when owners did not pay their taxes.
May 3, 1987 |
A trip into the past will be only a few minutes away today as the Washington Township Historical Society sponsors guided tours of the 18th- century Old Stone House on Egg Harbor Road in Washington Township. The tours are held on the first Sunday of every month at the house, which is owned by the township government. The Old Stone House, also known as the George Morgan Stone House after its earliest known owner, was built sometime around 1730, said Consilia Kaizar, public relations director for the Historical Society.
September 4, 1993 |
Cherry Hill police don't know yet who spray-painted a racist epithet on a house in the Ashland section Wednesday night, but they have concluded one thing: It wasn't the black family that had been evicted from the house. Neighbors had speculated that the family, which was evicted Tuesday, had painted the two crosses and the misspelled phrase "No Niger!" on the house when they dropped by Wednesday evening to pick up some mail. Cherry Hill Detective John Long, who is in charge of the investigation, said he spent an hour with the family yesterday and determined that they knew nothing about the epithet.
August 24, 2004
House fires don't typically get headlines. Unless someone dies. Sadly, that's what happened Friday night. Firefighter Rey Rubio, 42, of North Philadelphia, and Capt. John Taylor, 53, of Northeast Philadelphia, were killed in a house fire. But the blaze was anything but typical. Investigators believe that a jerry-built lighting system for an illegal marijuana-growing operation may have overheated and ignited combustibles in the basement of the home in Port Richmond. Taylor and Rubio were trapped in the basement and died of asphyxiation.
April 5, 1992 |
So you want to buy a home, but all you can afford is a townhouse, and you think that may be too small. Or, your starter home already feels too small, and now there's a baby on the way, but you can't afford to trade up. Or, you really love your house, but feel pressure to move as your family grows. Or, you like to garden, but all you have is a postage-stamp back yard of brick and concrete. Or, your progeny just showed up with a stray Doberman pinscher and you have no place to put him. And the children won't take "We have no room" for an answer.
November 18, 1993 |
On Nov. 2, at 3:15 in the afternoon, fire burst over the hilltop and a tide of flame cascaded toward my small apartment complex near Carbon Beach. It was time to get moving. I started my car and headed for the line of traffic inching along the Pacific Coast Highway; the ocean was a hundred yards away, a refuge if the flames reached our cars. The evacuation was like being on the losing side of a war, retreating before an overwhelmingly powerful foe. Against such a cataclysm, our small and cherished lives seemed inconsequential.