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May 29, 1986 | By Roger Cohn, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Zoning Board of Adjustment has refused to allow real estate magnate Samuel Rappaport to keep a free-standing billboard at Broad and Vine Streets, in a decision that civic groups were hailing yesterday as a victory in their effort to ban all billboards along Vine Street. In a unanimous ruling, issued May 21 and sent this week to attorneys involved in the case, the zoning board denied Rappaport's application for a variance that would have allowed the billboard to remain. The two-sided billboard, which stands in a parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Vine, was erected three years ago without the required city approvals or zoning variance.
NEWS
January 16, 1987 | By KIT KONOLIGE, Daily News Staff Writer
Commuters who drive Vine Street will have even fewer reasons than usual to love Monday morning next week as the four-year project to reconstruct the artery moves into high gear - and serious problems. Two favorite commuter routes will be shut down: Left turns will be forbidden from Vine Street onto Broad Street southbound, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. The 23rd Street ramp, which runs behind the the Park Towne Place apartments from the Art Museum circle onto Vine Street eastbound, will be closed, before the Monday morning rush hour.
NEWS
October 10, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
Workers from Hurtz Sign Co. of Scranton dismantled the structures of two huge billboards at the northwest corner of Vine and Broad Streets yesterday. Businessman Samuel Rappaport was under court order to remove the billboards because of a city ordinance that requires them to be spaced at least 500 feet apart along Vine Street.
NEWS
November 14, 1988 | MICHAEL MERCANTI/ DAILY NEWS
Members of the Spruce Street Singers perform at "Our Living Legacy," a three-day arts festival on AIDS held over the weekend at the Painted Bride Arts Center on Vine Street. The festival featured 20 performances, some by people with AIDS.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carl Adams, 49, of Southwest Philadelphia, has been homeless for much of the past year, since he was released from prison. "When I got out, family and friends were gone," Adams said. Despite lacking a home and family, Adams got an important boost last week: a makeover from a traveling salon that provides free hair washes, cuts, color, and styling. In preparation for a meeting with a lawyer, Adams got a beard trim and a haircut in a blue-and-white trailer in the parking lot of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, on 13th Street north of Vine Street.
NEWS
May 14, 2012 | Diane Mastrull
A 29-year-old Camden man was fatally shot early Sunday morning in the 700 block of Vine Street, according to Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson. Police responding to reports of a shooting around 4 a.m. found Shaun Carter dead from a gunshot wound. No other information was immediately available. Police are urging anyone with information on the shooting to contact Camden Police Detective Shawn Donlon at 856-757-7420. — Diane Mastrull
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE FREE LIBRARY of Philadelphia is providing some TLC to help city residents navigate the ACA. That's the Affordable Care Act, the country's new health-insurance system, which many users nationwide have reported is difficult to navigate. "The library is here to help customers in nearly every aspect of their life," said Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library. "And that now includes navigating the Affordable Care Act. " To help meet that need, 33 of the Free Library's staff members were trained as certified application counselors by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A quick-acting Philadelphia detective caught two suspects who allegedly pistol-whipped and robbed a 58-year-old man late Friday afternoon in Chinatown, police said. Around 5:30 p.m., the man was attacked inside a rental property he owns in the 1200 block of Vine Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The victim was forced into the basement, where he was beaten with a .357 caliber pistol and forced to strip to his underwear. Detective Rob Conway was driving down Vine Street returning from an investigation when he spotted the victim, who was outside and screaming for help.
NEWS
February 23, 1988 | By RON GOLDWYN, Daily News Staff Writer
Who says you can't get there from here? The Daily News called for a cab yesterday and tried to get stuck in traffic. That's been easy lately. The closing of the Walnut Street bridge to through traffic was the coup de grace, mixing with Schuylkill Expressway repairs, Vine and Market street construction and other Center City projects. By last Friday afternoon, in the rain, city motorists were driven to distraction - but nowhere else. The ingredients for motoring nightmares remained everywhere yesterday.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A YEAR AGO, Sarina Rose, vice president of development for Post Brothers Apartments, went for breakfast near the upscale Goldtex apartments being built by her company. Inside Jany's restaurant on 12th Street near Wood, just north of Center City, Rose saw Edward Sweeney, a business agent of Ironworkers Local 401, sitting at the counter. "He just starting yelling, 'F---ing scab bastard!' at me," she said yesterday. After a while, she saw Sweeney getting agitated, so she tried to pay for her order before the food came out. She said Sweeney came up behind her and pinned her against the counter.
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NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pedestrian was killed early Tuesday when a SEPTA bus driver - apparently without realizing it - ran over him in Center City, police said. Police said witnesses told investigators the bus driver struck a 40-year-old man at 11th and Walnut Streets at 1:11 a.m. but did not know that he had hit someone and continued driving. The driver followed his route up 11th until officers stopped him at Vine Street, police said. SEPTA representatives said Philadelphia police were handling the investigation.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carl Adams, 49, of Southwest Philadelphia, has been homeless for much of the past year, since he was released from prison. "When I got out, family and friends were gone," Adams said. Despite lacking a home and family, Adams got an important boost last week: a makeover from a traveling salon that provides free hair washes, cuts, color, and styling. In preparation for a meeting with a lawyer, Adams got a beard trim and a haircut in a blue-and-white trailer in the parking lot of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, on 13th Street north of Vine Street.
SPORTS
May 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Esther Erb looks at the Broad Street Run as one that changed her running career. Erb, now an assistant track and cross-country coach at Rider University, won the 10-mile race in 2012 in 55 minutes, 28 seconds. Since then, the winning has continued. She won the Litchfield Hills (Conn.) Rotary Run on a 7.1-mile course in 2013 and 2014. She also won the U.S. Marathon Championship in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., last year. "Winning the Broad Street Run was a turning point in my career and really made me feel special," Erb, 29, said in a telephone interview.
SPORTS
April 30, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Gitonga has competed in many road races in his native Kenya, but on Sunday he will tackle a new challenge: the 10-mile Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Gitonga, who has been in the United States for two years, was among a group attending a news conference Tuesday at City Hall to promote the 36th annual race. He has practiced on the course and has the same opinion as many of the other competitors. "It is a good course, straight and flat," said Gitonga, a veteran of marathons and half marathons.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parts of the Vine Street Expressway will be closed during pre-commuting hours starting next week as part of a $64.8 million project to replace seven aging bridges in Center City. The roadway will be shut down between Broad Street and the Schuylkill Expressway from 12:01 to 5 a.m. starting next Tuesday and will continue to be closed during those hours through April 17, according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Market Street.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is full of forlorn former corporate buildings and a few healthy, expansive institutions looking for space, like Drexel University. Sometimes they meet and match. Drexel's nursing school is happy in the high-rise ex-headquarters of the former Pennwalt Corp. and the departed Reliance Insurance Co. at Three Parkway. But supply and demand in this town don't always meet at those happy points where a deal works. Someday, Drexel would like to consolidate its legacy medical campuses, which surround Hahnemann University Hospital on North Broad Street and the former Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania , five miles away in East Falls, to a single modern complex, presumably close to Hahnemann if it continues to serve as Drexel's teaching hospital.
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A five-year, $82 million project to replace seven bridges over the Vine Street Expressway will also remodel the cultural spine of the city. In time to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and its museums, institutes, sculptures, and pocket parks, the rehab will aim to make the strip prettier and more functional. The death-defying pedestrian crossing between the Free Library and the Franklin Institute will be improved. Winter Street will be realigned to reduce the traffic conflict with pedestrians.
NEWS
December 14, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven aging bridges over the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) will be replaced over the next five years at a cost of $64.8 million, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Friday. Buckley & Co., Inc., of Philadelphia, is the apparent low bidder to replace bridges carrying 22nd Street, 21st Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway/20th Street, 19th Street, 18th Street, and the Free Library and Family Court pedestrian bridges over the expressway. The work is scheduled to start in February and be completed by the fall of 2019, PennDot said.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RECOGNIZING the needs of Chinese and other Asian-American communities in Philadelphia, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley yesterday announced a significant state grant to help build the Eastern Tower Community Center, a long-awaited project just north of Chinatown. Standing at a podium at the 10th Street Plaza, a renovated concrete park hugged by rumbling traffic at 10th and Vine streets, Cawley told Chinatown community leaders, local and state politicians and others sitting in folding chairs that the state will provide a $3.7 million Economic Growth Initiative grant toward the project.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On an overcast morning in June, Chaplain Jeff Harley of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission cast a skeptical eye down Pearl Street, an alley that's been caught up in - but has not caught up with - the burgeoning revitalization of the Chinatown North neighborhood. "I wouldn't take any pictures down there. They're selling drugs, getting high - they'll get really paranoid," he told Anula Shetty and Michael Kuetemeyer. The artists were there to collect panoramic images and video footage for what they're calling an interactive documentary, a mobile app that will explore the life of Pearl Street, and potentially create a chronicle of gentrification.
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