October 3, 2014 |
THE $18 MILLION Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, so Philadelphians and their leashed dogs can "walk on water" from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Bike on water, too. Built out into the river parallel to the east bank, the 2,000-foot boardwalk experience is a heady mix of ducks and trucks, trees and breeze, cityscape and landscape, roadway and waterway, industrial and pastoral, trains and turtles, big sky and big city. Strolling along the city's newest people magnet yesterday, Joseph Syrnick, president/CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, who has spent eight years guiding the project from drawing board to boardwalk, talked about the romance of the river.
September 29, 2014 |
Let New York gloat about completing the High Line. Philadelphia is about to debut a linear park that might be even more impressive: the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. As wonderful as the High Line is, it merely allows people to wend their way through Manhattan a few stories above its bustling streets. When the latest segment of the Schuylkill Banks trail opens to the public Thursday, you'll be able to walk on water, under the glittering gaze of the Center City skyline. The new 15-foot-wide walkway dives into the river at Locust Street, and doesn't crawl back onto dry land until it reaches the South Street Bridge, a joyous journey more than 2,000 feet long.
September 26, 2014 |
The fix was as simple as it was illegal, federal prosecutors say. Minutes after receiving a $1,000 cash donation for his judicial campaign, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. explained to the donor just what she had bought. "You run into a problem with any of your people, you get a hold of me," the judge told her. "Anything you need. Anything I can do to help you or anybody that you're interested in. All you do is pick up the phone and call me . . . anytime.
September 20, 2014 |
The Water Department, generally attentive to unusual drips and noisy leaks, has decided to let the waters flow. On Sunday, the city's most unlikely impresario continues its flirtation with the arts by staging a festival at the Fairmount Water Works, the neoclassical gem on the bank of the Schuylkill behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Often a subject of art, the Water Works in recent years also has hosted artists, serving as a venue for a...
September 19, 2014 |
DEAR STUPID, young, just-being-yourselves pop stars, Here's a tip. We know it's impossible for you to control your coolness, outrageousness and sex drive, but everything in the world is not a prop in your stage show. TMZ.com reports that Miley Cyrus , the type of concert star who might perform in Iraq and wonder what the fuss was when she twerked with a guy in a black ski mask, could go to jail for getting her prosthetic behind spanked on stage . . . with a Mexican flag.
September 14, 2014 |
More than two years after a 48-inch water main ruptured and flooded a large portion of Southwest Center City, residents and business owners could finally be seeing some relief. Special master David Fineman, who was assigned by Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein to figure out how to distribute $500,000 - the city's liability - to people and businesses with claims totaling $1.7 million, filed his recommendations Friday, and if approved by the court next month, checks will soon be in the mail.
September 9, 2014
I PLAYED water polo with the city Friday afternoon to follow up on a recent column about Adam Lang, who got outrageous water bills for vacant lots. After the column was published, I heard more from others who complained about getting hosed. I wrote that I wasn't getting straight answers last time, so this time it was Your Favorite Columnist versus reps from the Philadelphia Water Department (4), the Water Revenue Bureau (2) and the Department of Revenue (1). For nonreaders, here's all you need to know: The customer hot line is 215-685-6300.
September 5, 2014
THE SOCIAL-MEDIA craze that was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has slowed to a trickle. But instead of letting the viral fundraiser, which had everyone from Oprah Winfrey to former President George W. Bush dumping buckets of icy water on their heads, fade into a summer memory, District Attorney Seth Williams has a plan to keep donations pouring in. He wants Philadelphians to pledge $1 or maybe $5 for every pound he loses between now and December....
August 31, 2014 |
On a Saturday afternoon two years ago, Matt Capucini navigated his 33-foot Formula through Ventnor Heights' back bays, where Shore life is good. From Memorial Day through the warmth of autumn, there's a steady flow of action: swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, plus parties spilling onto large decks. It was exactly what Capucini and his life partner, Jimmy Ruiz, were looking for. They had traveled from their vacation home in Rehoboth Beach to see a bayfront property for sale.
August 29, 2014 |
A new drinking-water test requirement has led authorities in Warminster and Horsham to close four major wells and could further delay the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) was commonly used in firefighting foams at Willow Grove and the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster. Both bases have been closed for years, and PFOS has not been manufactured in the United States for about a decade. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not begin requiring local agencies to test drinking water for those compounds until this year.