Philadelphia To Have Bus Shelters Replaced, Expanded

 

Photo: Peter Woodall

Bus shelter of antiquity at Broad and Chestnut | Photo: Peter Woodall

  • Mayor Nutter is apparently furious at City Council’s forsaking yesterday of any further action to bring about the $1.86 billion sale of PGW, reports The Inquirer. He went on to call it “the biggest cop-out in recent legislative history,” and he’s not alone in the criticism of the pension-fund-balancing non-starter that his administration spent two years to procure. Rob Wonderling, head of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, worried about the lost deal’s effect on job creation and Ellen Kaplan, Interim president of the Committee of Seventy, called the move “disgraceful and cowardly.”
  • Bishop Ernest Tookes and his son Fred of The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ–owners of one of two properties on the 1500 block of North Broad Street not owned by Temple University–relate their anxieties over the university’s recently resumed activity there to The Temple News. The adjacent Burk Mansion is being marginally renovated, Fred says, merely to keep up appearances. The proprietor of Zavelle Bookstore had previously confided his resolve to stand with the Tookes in resisting the encroachment of the university only to sell the building earlier this year. Temple demolished the bookstore and replace it with grass.
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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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