July 9, 2015 |
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.
July 5, 2015 |
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.
May 2, 2015 |
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.
April 30, 2015 |
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.
April 8, 2015 |
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.
March 17, 2015 |
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.
December 22, 2014 |
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.
December 14, 2014 |
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.
October 30, 2014 |
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.
September 26, 2014 |
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.