Deep River, Shallow Pockets

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  • Governor Corbett has decided to release $15 million immediately towards the dredging of the Delaware. Actually only a modest fraction of the $100 million for which Harrisburg would be responsible for the project, the Inquirer reports that Corbett is using the funding guarantee to push Washington to include the project in the federal budget.
  • The Daily News is counfounded by the depth of poverty in Philadelphia, according to the American Community Survey’s review on urban poverty, released today. Philadelphia’s “astronomical” poverty rate of 27% persists despite more city residents earning diplomas.
  • In two separate pieces, The Notebook revisits the painful process of building a new West Philly High. Former West teacher Neil Geyette laments the way substantial progress he helped create beginning in 2009 was ignored by District officials. He wasn’t the only one ignored, or outright demolished in the process. Former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman took a political hacksaw to a team of educators and community members the district had asked to create a blueprint for West’s turnaround.
  • PlanPhilly reports from the latest zoning code meeting, held last night. “I think every single one of you has something in this code that you don’t like,” noted City Commerce Director Alan Greenberger, and indeed, much of the meeting focused on strategies for overcoming political obstacles to get the new code passed into law.
  • Roxborough’s Northern Home for Children is asking for some $4 million for renovations of Merick Hall. Newsworks notes that the shelter for single teenage mothers is seeking to almost double their capacity by making the already acquired, unused building inhabitable.
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    Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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