City Adamant In Pursuing PHL Expansion


  • The Inquirer looks at the second thoughts of US Airways in supporting Philadelphia International’s plans to add another runway in a project that would last 13 years. Initially supportive of the idea (before having to file for bankruptcy twice), the airline now claims that the project would actually cost double the estimated $1.6 billion and would only jam an already busy airspace. Though Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler is unphased: “We are going to move forward. We are going to do the runway.”
  • The old West Philadelphia High School, replaced by a state-of-the-art building at the beginning of this school year, is a promising asset for far West Philadelphia. Comprising an entire city block at 48th & Walnut, the 1912 Gothic stands a good chance—if the many similar nearby examples are any indication—of being adapted by a private developer, a move enthusiastically supported by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.
  • Having previously reported that the John Wanamaker Middle School at 11th & Cecil B. Moore would be mostly reused for a future Temple dormitory project, Naked Philly reports that the complete demolition of the old school building surely changes those plans.
  • Half way into a decade-long plan to assist Philadelphia’s homeless, the Homeless Advocacy Group reviews the mixed progress. Newsworks reports.
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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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