Drexel Law School Gets $50 Million, New Center City Building


Philadelphia Business Journal

Drexel Law Dean Roger Dennis, Kline & Specter’s Thomas Kline and Drexel University President John Fry | Photo: Philadelphia Business Journal

  • The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that local attorney Thomas R. Kline will have Drexel University’s School of Law–formerly the Earl Mack School of Law–named after him, as the jurist has donated the largest gift in university’s 123-year history.  Along with $50 million, Kline’s generosity will allow Drexel to expand eastwards with the assumption of the 24,000-square-foot former Beneficial Savings Bank Building at 12th & Chestnut Streets which will house a likewise eponymous Institute of Trial Advocacy. 
  • This Saturday, from 11AM to 7PM, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) will host a block party along the 900 block of Spring Garden Street meant to “give people a peek at what the proposed Spring Garden Street Greenway could look like and how it will catalyze economic development, strengthen the social fabric in adjacent neighborhoods, and bring more natural beauty to the City of Philadelphia,” said PEC Program Manager Tony Spagnoli. Adjacent Percy Street will be closed to traffic in order to allow room for musical performances, a pop-up beer garden, and food trucks. Spring Garden’s parking lane will make way for a makeshift greenway meant to “inspire people to think about how Spring Garden can really become a jewel of the Philly trail system.”
  • Plan Philly’s Jon Geeting muses over the waning contention of bike politics in Philadelphia. There are a few interpretations to be had here, he admits, as the issue remains in flux due to economic and generational trends, but in one telling, “the bikelash [or the political prejudice against bicycle infrastructure] has subsided because the bikelashers have largely won, at least for now, by changing the political calculus so that many of the most impactful streets changes one could imagine no longer make sense to pursue when the potential pay-off is measured against the advocacy effort required.”
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