Now that the issue of sovereign immunity has been addressed, it makes City Hall’s response to the Market Street building collapse even more confusing and raises the question of whether Mayor Nutter either knows something the public does not know or that he does not want the public to know about the Market Street building… Continue Reading
Many have asked me whether the victims of the Market Street building collapse can sue the City of Philadelphia for damages for failing to conduct proper inspections of the building. The short answer is no. Sovereign immunity gives the City immunity from civil suit alleging it failed to properly inspect the Market Street building during… Continue Reading
Inga Saffron details the frustration of many Philadelphians with the City’s inability to effectively deal with blighted and – – almost always — tax delinquent properties. It is understandable that the City and government in general in unable to effectively deal with these properties. Luckily, citizens in Pennsylvania are empowered to take action against blighted properties… Continue Reading
From last weekend’s edition of the WSJ: Tons of steel used in the new World Trade Center: 48,000. Tons of steel used in the Empire State Building: 60,000. Really underscores how building techniques have changed.
The United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York has taken the lead in the growing national trend of prosecuting fraud involving the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. Today bring the announcement of another DBE fraud prosecution by the Southern District. Once again, the fraud committed involved a contractor… Continue Reading
In the wake of the Market Street building collapse, much has been made of whether the contractor performing the demolition violated OSHA standards and most of the blame has been directed (rightfully so) to the building owner, the demolition contractor, and the City of Philadelphia. The Salvation Army has thus far avoided scrutiny. That may… Continue Reading
Yesterday, NBC10.com, posted a list of questions that journalists, readers, and viewers want answered in the wake of the Market Street building collapse. Among the question listed was one we partially addressed on this blog: Q: What are the qualifications of L&I employees? Is the man that runs L&I an engineer? If not, are people… Continue Reading
According to Chris Palmer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, after receiving a complaint by a neighbor, Philly L&I officials visited 2136 Market Street and deemed the structure safe to continue work. Many would be surprised to know that L&I inspectors are not engineers, have no engineering backgrounds, and receive no formal training on the structural integrity… Continue Reading
Jeff Blumenthal of the Philadelphia Business Journal featured my comments on the collapse of 2136 Market Street in a story today for the PBJ.
The technical engineering cause of the collapse of 2136 Market Street should not be too difficult to decipher. 2136 Market was a much taller building constructed with reinforced masonry (literally bricks and sticks). Moreover, the building adjacent to 2136 Market to the East had already been demolished. It is certainly not the first time an… Continue Reading
State Representative John Taylor (the only Republican Representative from Philadelphia) has been a busy man. First, he was elected Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee and is charged with the task of revitalizing our Party in the City. Second, he has led the charge to expand Pennsylvania’s Act 135, otherwise known as the Abandoned… Continue Reading