Good morning, Streeters. Later today a Sou’ easter comes our way, so be careful out and about tonight and tomorrow. The heaviest rain is expected to be in the Philly area between 9pm and 9am tomorrow.
A grand jury has charged contractor Griffin Campbell with six counts of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and 13 counts of reckless endangerment in connection with demolition work at 22nd and Market that led to the collapse of an unsupported wall onto the Salvation Army store next door, killing six. The Daily News reports that Campbell prioritized salvaging floors and joists for sale and sped through a dangerous demolition to “maximize his profits.” The grand jury could still bring more charges. Building owner and notorious slumlord Richard Basciano has not been charged.
As developer Carl Dranoff eyes 309 South Broad for a high-rise condo/hotel complex, Philly is at risk of losing the building that was home to two of this city’s most popular record labels. Hidden City Daily dives into the history of the building at Broad and Spruce where Cameo-Parkway Records produced pop and dance hits in the 50s and 60s – think Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, and the Orlons – followed by Gamble & Huff and their “Philadelphia Sound” in the 1970s.
Remember Bridgeman’s View? Or the American Commerce Center? Curbed Philly looks back at 15 tower proposals that largely emerged during the most recent real estate boom only to burst with the bubble. Revisit the renderings.
If you’re heading to the airport to pick up Thanksgiving travelers or jet out of town, you might notice that the Platt Bridge is fully operational now that a major repair project is complete, as NBC10 observed. The bridge, which links I-76 to I-95, had been under construction with lane and speed restrictions since February 2012. Work finished months ahead of schedule.
Have you seen Swann Fountain as an ice sculpture? The fountain in the middle of Logan Circle is frosted in ice because the cold temperatures outmatched the fountain’s constant circulation. NewsWorks reports that the fountain typically stays on through the Thanksgiving Parade. Mark Focht, first deputy commissioner of Parks and Recreation, said the fountain had not been damaged.