With $10 Million, Federal Government To Help Philly Make Reconnections

 

A northwest view of the old Schuylkill River Swing Bridge at Grays Ferry | Photo: Plan Philly

A northwest view of the old Schuylkill River Swing Bridge at Grays Ferry | Photo: Plan Philly

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Philadelphia $10.265 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants, reports Plan Philly. These include: $3.265 million for the $14 million refurbishment of the Schuylkill River Swing Bridge, intended to connect the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail with the Bartram’s Mile Trail; $5 million for the $17.4 million rebuild of a two-mile stretch of American Street from Girard and Lehigh Avenues in Kensington; and $2 million to reconnect Fairhill’s Westmoreland and 4th Streets by constructing a street bridge over a railroad crossing. We’re still at least two years away from ground being broken on these “shovel ready” projects.
  • The Passyunk Post recounts a tumultuous Newbold Civic Association Monday evening concerning necessary alterations to plans for a 4,125-square-foot green space by Guerin Recreation Center’s (2201 South 16th Street) parking lot. Opponents to the idea were so vocal that reporter Taylor Farnsworth spoke of a practically even split among attendees, yet the civic would afterward say that comment cards revealed a much stronger degree of support for the project—84%. Opponents centered their argument around assertions of too little parking and too little care to pick up after one’s dog. One might be tempted to call such people NIMBYs if they in fact wanted a backyard.
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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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