Temple’s Next 15 Years

 

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  • The Inquirer previews the 186-page campus plan for Temple University, meant to be realized over the next 15 years. Not too many surprises here, besides the lack of specific recommendations on the construction of football stadium. Barton Hall is to be replaced with a $190 million library, and Beury Hall is to be demolished in order to create the campus’ central public space–a grassy courtyard bordered by 12th, 13th, Norris, and Pollett Walk. Other halls, such as Wachman, Gladfelter, and Anderson, are singled out for select renovation work.
  • Following the unveiling of Schuylkill Banks boardwalk, Eyes on the Street shifts its attention to the next leg of the Schuylkill River Trail: that of Bartram’s Mile: a $6 million extension from Grays Ferry Avenue to Bartram’s Garden. Just this week, PennDOT secured the last $1.7 million of funding and so Schuylkill River Development Corporation president Joe Syrnick expects the project’s completion by late next year. The designs had been a bit more ambitious at points of the two-year planning process, but the current thinking would have the trail temporarily end at a public plaza at 56th Street, and a new swing bridge may need to be built to span the Schuylkill.
  • In the Philadelphia Business Journal, Julian Siggers, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, explains why he and other museum leaders are joining with Global Philadelphia in its campaign to have our city officially declared the first World Heritage City in the US. “The world takes note of such designations,” he goes on. And this, the city of the codification of modern democracy, deserves the attention.
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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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