- In today’s Inquirer, Inga Saffron treks from Penn’s campus over to Center City, an “urban Sahara” that she had dismissed as “terrifying” and “oppressive.” Now, after the creation of Penn Park and Shoemaker Green, the campus feels newly expansive; the recent work on the Walnut Street also allows for a pleasant pedestrian experience.
- After years of lamenting the dangers of traveling on the Northwest’s Henry Avenue, some East Falls residents are hoping to piggyback on planned PennDOT roadwork and have a “modern” style traffic circle installed at that thoroughfare’s intersection with School House Lane.
- Plan Philly reports that the 40th Street bridge is set to reopen in early November. Closed for the past five years, the bridge will rejoin the 42nd Street bridge as a connector between Mantua and East Parkside. The area’s recent congestion will further be alleviated when the 41st Street bridge reopens.
- City Council is considering legislation that would beef up the city’s authority in limiting the use of ATVs, including the right to confiscate offending vehicles and impose a $2,000 fine.
- The Philly Post commemorates International Peace Day with an update on the progress of the planned Envision Peace Museum by Independence Mall. Retired Philadelphia architect (and Quaker) Tony Junker sees the project—to be unveiled incrementally from 2014 to 2020—as a nexus for positive energy and understanding.
About the author
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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