Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Death of a Local Landmark

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Death of a Local Landmark

Many thanks to loyal  reader(and WXPN producer and host) Robert Drake for alerting me to this wonderful old photo of the corner of 22nd and Market Sts., depicting the Salvation Army Thrift Store, which has stood sentry at the intersection since at least 1955. The photo can be found at PhillyHistory.org., a fabulous compendium of historic photos and minutia about the city.

So sad that the store, which had survived decades of economic upturns and dips and the constant churn of change on Market St., was not able to survive the demolition of the building next door, which collapsed upon it yesterday, killing six and injuring more.

Such a terrible loss of life and of a landmark that meant so much to so many ...

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

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Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.


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Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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