The Costs Of Selling Schools

 

“Sale of the West Philadelphia High School to a private developer closed this February.” | Photo: Nathaniel Hamilton, for NewsWorks

“Sale of the West Philadelphia High School to a private developer closed this February.” | Photo: Nathaniel Hamilton, for NewsWorks

  • As SEPTA rolls out its new payment technology this year and next, Sic Transit Philadelphia urges city officials to subsidize public transportation for college students to the same degree that Pittsburgh does: attaching $180 to a year’s tuition fees that provides for “free” urban travel with a valid student ID. “Free transit for students and faculty,” argues the blog, “would radically change the incentives for housing and land use in West Philadelphia and North Philadelphia, where the first few blocks beyond the campuses are increasingly an academic monoculture, rendering them unaffordable even as entire neighborhoods suffer through disinvestment and neglect a mere half-mile away.”
  • The Inquirer Editorial Board, reciting the usual litany of disparities in this the poorest city per capita of America’s ten largest cities, enjoins the next mayor “to do more than treat poverty’s symptoms.” Reminding its readers that the effects of a quarter of the population living beneath the poverty line trickles up, the paper prescribes reinvestment in public education in order to create jobs.
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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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