SEPTA Making The Most Of Federal Stimulus Dollars



  • SEPTA does not lack ambition, Metro Philly reports, just money. Apparently it has completed the 32 infrastructure improvement projects tied to the $191 million in federal stimulus under the Obama administration. Nationally speaking, only about 41 percent of all work has been completed; now, SEPTA is asking for more. “We have demonstrated to the state and federal government, as well as the local entities, that if given the opportunity and the funding we can effectively and efficiently execute projects in a timely manner,” said Bob Lund, a program manager.
  • The Inquirer’s Stephan Salisbury has the story on the Episcopal Cathedral’s attempt to demolish two historically certified buildings on Chestnut Street in order to build a mixed-use tower. Their argument–backed by Nutter administration officials–that the demolition will allow them to fund renovations of the Cathedral itself and is therefore being done in the “public interest” is a test of how far the Historical Commission will go in compromising the protections of the city’s historic register.
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