January 4, 2016 |
More people are getting killed in Philadelphia, and fewer of those killings are getting solved. Those are the takeaways from crime data for 2015: After two years of historically low homicide numbers, Philadelphia - like many other U.S. cities - saw its murder rate climb. There were 277 murders here last year, a 12 percent increase from 2014. The rate at which homicides are solved by investigators has dropped - police made arrests in about 52 percent of killings in 2015. As recently as 2013, the figure was 71 percent.
March 19, 2016 |
Urban planners love an organizing concept. Cities originally built their economies around financial districts, but over the years they have pinned their hopes on other specialized centers, like arts districts, enterprise zones, science centers, and festival marketplaces. Today, every ambitious city dreams of having an innovation district. This month, Drexel University and its development partner, Brandywine Realty Trust, outlined plans to shape 14 acres on the west side of 30th Street Station into a conglomeration of offices, labs, apartments, shops, and landscaped public spaces where the Steve Jobses and Bill Gateses of the future can invent stuff and recreate together.
March 30, 2015 |
One hundred years ago, on April 7, 1915, one of the 20th century's greatest singers was born in Philadelphia. The name on the birth certificate was Elinore Harris, born in Philadelphia General Hospital on Curie Boulevard in West Philadelphia, a tax-supported municipal hospital that ministered mostly to indigent patients. She became known to the world as Billie Holiday, a transcendent singer with a tragic American life. Fans of jazz - of music, period - will observe her centenary worldwide.
December 28, 2015 |
A teenager was fatally shot Saturday evening in West Philadelphia. Police said the teen, whom they did not identify, was struck several times in the torso. The incident took place in the 800 block of North 41st Street, police said. The teenager was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 6 p.m. Motive for the shooting had not yet been determined, police said. Being sought in connection with the incident was a black man in his early 20s who reportedly fled the scene in a green Ford Crown Victoria with a Pennsylvania license plate.
March 30, 2015 |
Two people were killed and one wounded Thursday night when a pair of would-be armed robbers pulled a gun on a man walking in West Philadelphia - and the man, in turn, pulled his own gun and fired. Police said the man, 27, and his friend, 25, had just gotten off a trolley and were walking along the 5400 block of Media Street when they passed two other men, who announced a robbery. The man and his friend turned around to see one of the alleged assailants holding a gun. The 27-year-old pulled a semiautomatic handgun that he was legally permitted to carry and fired at the other men, emptying his gun, a law enforcement source said.
December 29, 2011
A shooting Wednesday evening in West Philadelphia left a man dead, police said. Khalif Lanus, 32, of West Philadelphia, was shot several times about 5 p.m. at 57th Street and Wyalusing Avenue. He died at the scene. Police had no suspects Wednesday night. - Anthony Campisi
July 9, 2010
Two people were wounded in a shooting Thursday night in West Philadelphia, police said. A woman was shot in the left ankle and a man was shot in the right shoulder in the 5500 block of Master Street around 10:30 p.m., police said. The pair were shot outside a house by a male on a bicycle who then rode south on 55th Street, police said. - Robert Moran