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Investigators Looking For Answers In Girl’s Tragic Death At Brewerytown Rita’s

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said on Monday that it’s time to focus on getting the facts together after a 3-year-old girl was killed by a falling security gate at a Rita’s Water Ice in Brewerytown.


(The US courthouse in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Former Philadelphia L&I Official Charged With Fraud

Dominic Verdi is charged with using his position to extort additional sales for a beer distributorship he co-owned.


(Credit: Justin Udo)

Phila. L&I Cites Owner of Building in Weekend Fatal Fire Escape Collapse

A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of L&I says the firm that owns the building at 2145 Locust Street has been cited for allowing an unsafe condition at the building.


(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

2013 IN REVIEW: Building Collapse Prompts Changes in Philadelphia Laws

Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.


(Former L&I commissioner Bennett Levin testifies at a City Council hearing on the Market Street building collapse.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council, Probing Deadly Center City Demolition Collapse, Hears From L&I Alums

Two former heads of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections offered differing views on whether L&I has lost sight of public safety.


(L&I commissioner Carlton Williams testifies before a Philadelphia City Council committee investigating the deadly center city building collapse on June 5th.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Probe Into Deadly Building Collapse Highlights Two Levels of Care By City

L&I commissioner Carlton Williams acknowledged that the safety standards for the city’s own demolitions — demolitions of city-owned properties — are stricter than what is demanded for private property.


(Credit: Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio 1060)

City Council To Begin Regulatory Probe of Philadelphia Demolitions

Philadelphia City Council is launching its own probe of last week’s fatal center city building collapse, though its review will focus on the broad issues of regulations and licensing governing demolitions.


(Cleanup continued the day after the building collapse that killed at least six people in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Phila. City Council Ready To Delve Into Issues Raised By Deadly Building Collapse

Expect a City Council hearing this fall on the aftermath of the collapse, according to Curtis Jones, chairman of Council’s public safety committee.


(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

City Officials Promise ‘Wide Ranging’ Probe Into Center City Demolition Disaster

City officials reiterated Thursday that the contractor hired to demolish the building met the licensing requirements.


(A confiscation sign is placed on a newspaper honor box because of graffiti. Credit: John McDevitt)

Hundreds of Philadelphia Newspaper Honor Boxes Labeled For Confiscation

Graffiti and the overall condition the metal boxes are the reasons the city has posted orange confiscation notices on hundreds of honor boxes in Old City and Center City, which follow code 9-211 of the Philadelphia code.


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House Collapse Shines Light On Philadelphia’s Problem With Unstable Abandoned Buildings

From the front, 2166 North Franklin Street looks bad enough. But you have to walk around to the back to truly see what Fabricio Rodriguez and Emily Randle – who owns the home next door – have been dealing with: a neighboring house on the verge of collapse.



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