June 11, 2016 |
A 24-year-old woman was slashed on the face by an unknown assailant just off the Schuylkill River Trail near Walnut Street in Center City on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The attack occurred about 2:55 p.m. while the victim was walking up the stairs from the trail to the Walnut Street Bridge, police said. The woman and a female friend had been walking on the trail when they noticed they were being followed by an unidentified man, police said. As the woman began to walk up the stairs, the man followed her and said, "You don't know anything.
July 12, 2015 |
It was a gray day in mid-November 1998 when I met Carl Dranoff for the first time. Apparently, the Philadelphia developer had been reading my Sunday columns, because he had left a voice mail message a week before, saying that he had the impression that I liked construction projects, and that he had one he'd like me to see. That project, Locust on the Park, was the conversion of the National Book Publishing Co. building on Locust Street between...
December 18, 2014 |
Can the Schuylkill ever play a role like the Chicago River or Paris' Seine - a source of beauty and vitality that unites riverside neighborhoods like Center City and University City rather than dividing them? It's a decades-old dream, but key pieces are finally falling into place, according to civic leaders and developers who joined a panel discussion Tuesday at the Union League sponsored by the Central Philadelphia Development Corp. On both sides of the river, new projects such as Brandywine Realty Trust's 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets and PMC Property Group's million-square-foot complex planned at 2400 Market St. are paying closer attention than their predecessors to the streetscape and river.
August 7, 2012 |
VALERIE Kukla-Webb dived into the Schuylkill to try to rescue a man who fell or jumped in Monday afternoon and got within a few feet of him before he disappeared beneath the river's murky surface. "I was probably about two strokes away," she said. "Then I looked back and he went under. " Police responded to call about a person in the water beneath the Walnut Street Bridge at 4:40 p.m. As police marine units tried searching for the man, Kukla-Webb and Jonathan Granoff , two passersby who jumped in to try to save him, climbed out of the water and said they couldn't find him. His body was pulled from the river about 6:30 p.m., police said.
February 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA Jury selection in death The trial of Frank Tepper, an off-duty cop who fatally shot a neighbor in November 2009, begins today in Common Pleas Court with jury selection. Tepper, 45, is charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person. Tepper was being attacked in front of his Elkhart Street home before he shot William "Billy" Panas Jr., 21, defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. has said. Tepper, who has been fired, was described as a bully with a temper by some neighbors following Panas' slaying.
February 13, 2012
Seven months of work on the Walnut Street Bridge Gateway Project are to begin Monday, the city announced Sunday. That means the north sidewalk and adjacent travel lane on the bridge over the Schuylkill will be closed starting Monday. The federally funded project involves Walnut Street from 23d to 30th Streets. Sidewalks will be widened and there will be improvements to lighting and signs. Bicyclists will be asked to detour the work area by taking 23d Street to Lombard Street to the South Street Bridge to 33d Street.
September 23, 2011 |
About 10 the other night, Chris McManus and Tim Wingert were hanging around the Walnut Street Bridge, staring at the top of the Peco building at 23d and Market Streets. A bridge away, on Market, James Simpson was doing the same thing. Up there, where ribbons of community-service text are the usual fare, were videos these three artists had created - newly liberated from their computers to become part of Peco's five-month "Art in the Air" exhibition, which employs the iconic crown lights atop its building.
August 12, 2011 |
NO USE denying it. Days are shorter. Nights are cooler. School supplies are already on special. You may not want to think about a return to full-day Fridays (let alone anything wool), but a fact's a fact: Summer has past its hump day. And, chances are, your summer-fun to-do list is still far from checked-off. Luckily, you have a couple weeks left to suck the juice out of August, and we know just how to get it done - without taking a vacation day or spending a dime. Start tomorrow night, in Rittenhouse Square.
May 7, 2009 |
After declaring last week that they were ending an effort to design architectural elements for the new South Street Bridge, Philadelphia officials reversed course and will extend the design deadline until September, Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler said yesterday. A pared-down bridge design was scheduled to be submitted to the Art Commission yesterday for final approval. But Cutler, the city's top transportation official, said she had decided to pull the $67.5 million project from the agenda once she had seen how the span would look without any architectural embellishment.
December 7, 2008 |
Harried commuters are braced for protracted delays as the long-awaited reconstruction of the South Street Bridge begins tomorrow, closing the historic span over the Schuylkill and necessitating detours expected to last two years. The 23,000 motorists and countless pedestrians and bicyclists who rely on the bridge daily to go between University City and Southwest Center City will have to use alternate routes because the 85-year-old bridge is "structurally deficient," inspectors say, and must be demolished and rebuilt.