Nutter plans new controls on demolition

Apparently hoping to find some high ground in the controversy over the Center City building collapse that killed six people Wednesday, Mayor Nutter has scheduled  a 2 p.m. news conference to announce “proposed new Philadelphia demolition standards and activity controls.”

No details are yet available, but it appears the mayor has already seen enough to take some action, barely two days after a four-story brick wall fell on top of a Salvation Army thrift shop, crushing its occupants.

The city has acknowledged that it gave a demolition permit to the contractor without looking at his credentials and failed to pay any attention to the demolition while it was going on, in spite of repeated complaints from people noticing obvious safety violations.

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