Out To Shut Down Asset Seizure Program, Homeowners Sue DA’s Office


Photo: Matt Rourke, for the Associated Press

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the City for property seizure. | Matt Rourke, Associated Press

  • The Philadelphia Housing Authority ceremonially broke ground yesterday on its Oakdale apartment complex–its first project in two years, reports CBS Philly. The first of three developments planned for Strawberry Mansion is a $5 million project that will include 8 two-bedroom townhouses and 4 one-bedroom duplex units.
  • The Philadelphia Business Journal argues for additional Amtrak train service for Suburban and Market East Stations to improve access and better compete with New York’s housing market. “There is plenty of room to add two to four Amtrak trains per hour through the Center City Tunnel which today operates at only 60 percent of capacity. And it would require only minimal capital investment to make this happen.”
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  1. Hard to see Amtrak passengers could come through the Center City tunnel without changing trains at 30th St. — and Amtrak riders can already ride SEPTA to Suburban Station and Market East for free. Trouble is, nobody knows about this. It should be publicized much more widely.

  2. s/b “how” Amtrak passengers

  3. All Amtrak trains could be routed through the tunnel on their way to 30th Street Station, however, stopping at Market East and Suburban Station would significantly slow them down, so I don’t see it happening. And if there are free transfers, it’s not needed. However, can we ride to 30th St. using an Amtrak ticket? I doubt it. Amtrak does not promote connections via local rail in general. We need a national service to provide that information now that commuter rail has actually become common in the USA. The station should not be 30th Street, because it is misleading. The next street east is 24th or 23rd. It confuses people, especially as 30th Street is all of one or two blocks long.

    As for changing the name of 30th Street Station, I am all for it, except not to Bill Gray. He can have a room named after him. It should be called Philadelphia Station or Philadelphia Central, so travelers know just where they are. If it be named after anyone, it should be Ben Franklin or Haym Solomon.

    Now here’s a quixotic idea: Rebuilding Frank Furness’s C & O station on the east bank of the Schuylkill at Chestnut Street.

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