The Platt Bridge Tells More Than Just Industrial Malaise

 

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  • Philly History Blog looks at the misunderstood upshot from those who drive through the Lower Schuylkill from the airport. While many Philadelphians feel obliged to apologize for a gruesome entrance to their city, Ken Finkel embraces the Platt Memorial Bridge, with its “beauty” and “irony.” “By traversing the bridge in our cars,” he reminds us, “we’re threading a needle, that fragile zone in time and space between refined gasoline and crushed cars. Our reason for passing through breathes life into the scene and gives it a reason for being.”
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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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  1. All the sarcastic critics should head south from the airport, cross the Comm. Barry into New Jersey and approach from another more scenic route. If you traveled anywhere other than the boring suburbs where the eyepleasing 7-11’s and 1970’s elementary schools form your frame of reference, you would realize the airport to Center City jaunt is the fastest of any major city. Try approaching Chicago or NYC by car, at least we paint baseballs and basketballs on our storage tanks.

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