Train Derailment In Port Richmond


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  • A 9-car freight train owned by Conrail was partially derailed early this morning at Aramingo & Castor Avenues in Port Richmond, reports “A total of three tanker cars derailed. The last two were uncoupled from the rest of the train, which pulled away from the area with one tanker car that crews were able to get back on the tracks. Now, those crews are working to get those last two tanker cars back on the tracks. Unfortunately, they came to rest at the worst possible place for commuters – right in the middle of Aramingo Avenue.” The freight train was carrying acetone, a dangerous chemical used in the production of nail polish remover, yet no leaks or injuries have been reported.
  • Plan Philly partners with NewsWorks to look at the East Falls Development Corporation’s (EFDC) initiative to reinvigorate the business corridor along Ridge Avenue by improving its storefront façades. With $17,580 worth of gratuitous design consultation from the Community Design Collaborative, EFDC is formulating a targeted approach to bring the corridor’s aesthetics up to date. In the past, EFDC coordinated the redesign of its own offices and a grocery store at Ridge & Midvale; that experience taught the civic the importance of collective design, says executive director Gina Snyder. “So, we’re saying [that] if we’re going to do something, we going to do it well, and it’s going to be designed. It’s going to go through a process where there’s oversight. We’re not going to do these storefronts until they’re designed by professionals.”
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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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