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New Demolition Crew at 22nd and Market Were *Also* Involved in Major Disaster

There’s a new demolition crew finishing the job at the site of this month’s building collapse, at 22nd and Market. But they too, reports City […]

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Philly: “A City With a Rich History of Municipal Incompetence.” But for Once We’re Not Alone.

In Next City, Patrick Kerkstra makes Philly negative exceptionalists feel better by pointing out that while Philadelphia demolition regulations are, indeed, lax, it’s far from […]

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Philly: “A City With a Rich History of Municipal Incompetence.” But for Once We’re Not Alone.

In Next City, Patrick Kerkstra makes Philly negative exceptionalists feel better by pointing out that while Philadelphia demolition regulations are, indeed, lax, it’s far from […]

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City Lawyer Says City Can’t Be Held Legally Responsible for Building Collapse–and She’s Probably Right

This morning let’s start out with a complicated legal concept (bring on the coffee!) that may let the City of Philadelphia off the hook for […]

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Unions: That Building Wouldn’t Have Collapsed on Our Watch

Since the building collapse at 22nd and Market, the building trades union, represented by Pat Gillespie, have been saying that if union labor had been […]

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Seeing Double: Another Hoagie City, This One Intact

One of the most iconic things about the Hoagie City building that collapsed last week–perhaps the only iconic thing about it–was its sign, the one […]

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L&I Spokesperson Maura Kennedy Is One Smart Lady

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Lawyer Who Battled Basciano: “His Pitch Was That He Was Working to Change Things.”

Attorney Steven Wigrizer and Richard Basciano will probably be crossing paths–again. Basciano is the owner of the building that collapsed and killed six people in […]

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Building Collapse: L&I Inspector Made Video Before Committing Suicide

Before he killed himself, L&I inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer made a video for his family on his camera phone, saying, of the building collapse, “It was […]

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Building Collapse: Does It Matter Than Sean Benschop Tested Positive for Pot?

One of the reasons Sean Benschop was arrested and charged was because he was allegedly operating a vehicle while impaired–there was marijuana detected in his […]

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Building Collapse: L&I Inspector Dead From Gunshot Wound to Chest [UPDATED]

Fifty-two-year-old Ronald Wagenhoffer, who worked for the Department of Licenses and Inspections for 16 years, was found dead last night in his car in Roxborough. […]

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Building Collapse: L&I Inspector Dead From Gunshot Wound to Chest [UPDATED]

Fifty-two-year-old Ronald Wagenhoffer, who worked for the Department of Licenses and Inspections for 16 years, was found dead last night in his car in Roxborough. […]

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Eighth Street Wall Collapse: God to Be Arrested Any Minute?

A dividing wall at 606 S. Eighth collapsed this morning, leaving eight people displaced though none injured or dead, which marks a significant improvement over […]

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DA Seth Williams: “Philadelphians Have No Shortage of Opinions” [UPDATED]

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is giving a press conference announcing that a grand jury will be convened to “investigate any and all aspects that […]

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Building Collapse Legal Q&A: Who Pays Out? Who Gets Sued?

The lawyers are gathering–that much we know. But who is legally responsible for what happened? Or, perhaps better said, who will be targeted as legally […]