June 27, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Parking Authority board approved the sale of 23 medallions for wheelchair-accessible taxis on Thursday, and 20 other sales are pending. The medallions will be placed on new taxis that will be placed in service within the next few months. Most of the 43 sold so far at auction have been purchased by the owners or associates of Philadelphia's two biggest cab fleets, Freedom Taxi and 215-GET-A-CAB, formerly All City and Checker cabs, the PPA said. The prices for the new medallions have ranged from $80,000 in May to $110,000 this week.
May 25, 2015 |
It started with a logo - something Jimmy Curran thought captured the driving belief of his life: that no one should be defined by their limitations. He sketched it on a piece of paper: [dis]ABLE . The [dis] has a strike through it. Underneath, he wrote: For all those who said I couldn't. To Curran, who has been in a wheelchair nearly all of his 26 years, the meaning was simple as it was universal: We all have limitations. And we all have the ability to disable those limits, to overcome them.
May 8, 2015 |
After seven months of trying, the Philadelphia Parking Authority on Wednesday sold the first three medallions for new wheelchair-accessible cabs, at a much-discounted price of $80,000 each. The PPA attracted no buyers when it offered the medallions for a starting bid of $475,000 in October, or when it cut the price to $350,000 in January. The price for regular taxi medallions has slipped from about $500,000 to $400,000 in recent months, amid market uncertainty and the arrival of ride-share operators such as Uber and Lyft.
January 28, 2015 |
THE MEN with the bad legs - the one in the rickety wheelchair and the one with the cane that looks as if it might snap under his weight - are the first to be counted. Dewey Flynn, with the cane, doesn't mind the well-intentioned volunteer canvassers counting him as one of the city's homeless. He thanks them for the toiletries and the gift card for free pizza at Rosa's, the pizza joint at 11th and Chestnut that's gotten a lot of buzz for feeding the homeless. But Flynn issues a stern warning from the red metal bench where he sits in his socks near the 18th Street entrance of Suburban Station, his work boots placed neatly in front of him. "I'm not going to no shelter.
January 26, 2015 |
I LIKE PLUGGERS. My favorite plugger these days is pint-sized charmer Melissa Shang. Not because she sparred with American Girl, maker of dolls that bankrupt you, and lost. But because she's gonna make a believer out of those who told her no. Melissa is 11 years old, has a super-best friend named Cassidy, carefully observes what the "the cool girls" wear at school, makes fun of her dad's cellphone ineptitude and sings a heart-melting rendition of "Let it Go. " So she's practically indistinguishable from a million other sixth-grade girls in America.
November 23, 2014 |
Four years ago, Patricia Crebase went out to the Broad Street Run to cheer for a friend competing in the 10-mile race. "I got out on the route extra early, and I saw the wheelchair athletes go by," she said. "I just had that moment of, well, it's put up or shut up. " Crebase, an underwriter from Philadelphia, will be competing in the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday. It is her first full marathon. Crebase, 43, has MS, which was diagnosed in 1995, and she has been in a wheelchair for 10 years.
September 24, 2014 |
Uber, the ride-sharing company that matches riders with drivers by smartphone app, will now provide connections to wheelchair-accessible vehicles in Philadelphia, it said Monday. Uber has contracted with licensed paratransit drivers who have accessible vehicles, and customers can begin using the service immediately, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said Monday. The announcement came one day before a legislative committee is to meet in Harrisburg to consider legislation that would permit Uber and other ride-share services to operate in Philadelphia and around the state.
September 22, 2014 |
The abstract expressionist painter Anthe Zacharias hasn't shown her work in 40 years. But she's never stopped creating it. "I even paint here," she says from her wheelchair outside Riverview Estates, an assisted-living facility in Riverton, Burlington County. At 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 - Zacharias' 80th birthday - a limited but eclectic selection of her paintings, watercolors, and sketches will be exhibited at YogaTree in downtown Riverton. The public is welcome. The artist's last gallery show was mounted in 1974 in Manhattan, where she was a rising talent in the 1950s and '60s.
September 18, 2014 |
In 2007, Erica Barker went to a Haddonfield cafe to attend the first exhibit of her paintings. The show was especially meaningful because, born without use of her arms, she had worked only with pencils and brushes held between her teeth. "Painting," she told an Inquirer interviewer at the time, "probably kept me from going crazy. " On Monday, Sept. 15, Ms. Barker, 39, of Cherry Hill, who was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, died at home. The cause of death has not been determined, her brother, Tony, said.
September 1, 2014 |
As the photo essay opens, a 44-year-old man with a shaved head lies shirtless on his back in bed. The merciless morning light reveals two prescription drug containers on the night table, a medical alert tag around his neck, and a catheter tube snaking out from under the sheets. The man is Fred Schwartz, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. His nearly deadweight legs and steadily weakening left arm render mundane tasks - such as getting up in the morning - a challenge.