Delays & Unexpected Costs At Dilworth Plaza


Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

  • The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog poses a familiar question: just how profitable would a second casino be within such an already highly saturated region? Considering that Harrisburg lays claim to 55% of slot revenues, it’s not too difficult to see how the calculus between social cost and municipal benefit could change as much as it has since 2010’s opening of SugarHouse. “The 1,600 slots and 58 table games at Sugar House,” it says, “generated just under $9.3 million for the city and $4.3 million for Philadelphia schools this year.”
  • Philadelphia magazine shares a short film that highlights the world of urban exploration, or “urbex.” Streets Dept editor Conrad Benner discusses the genesis and accolades of his blog (from Time and The Guardian), and an apt defense is offered for such guerrilla tourism: “It takes guts to go into any abandoned area—the risk of stepping on broken glass, running into homeless, or getting caught trespassing. But if you’re not up for it, you can always go see the Liberty Bell.” Joel Mathis muses upon the allure of the phenomenon among Philly’s more contemplative millennials. “Today’s young people,” he says, “are taking old places that don’t serve us anymore and recontextualizing them for modern use.” To jump straight to the video, click HERE.
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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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