Last Wild Winter On The Viaduct

 

“Sarah McEneaney at the site of what will become the Viaduct Rail Park.” | Photo: David Maialetti, for the Daily News

“Sarah McEneaney at the site of what will become the Viaduct Rail Park.” | Photo: David Maialetti, for the Daily News

  • The Daily News speaks with Sarah McEneaney, president of both the Friends of the Rail Park and the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, who is enjoying the last winter before work begins on the $9.6 million first phase of the Viaduct Rail Park in late spring. Living and trekking near here since 1979, McEneaney has seen the viaduct die once and be reborn twice– it was not long after the last train used this rail-bed in 1984 that Mother Nature reclaimed it. “When you get up here, you get it immediately,” she says. “You’re up here and you’re still in the city, but right away, it gets quiet. You hear birds. You might see possums. It’s pretty wild up here.”
  • Tonight Temple University will host its first event with the Confucius Institute, an international linguistic and cultural exchange program made possible by a partnership with Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, China. One of 109 such collaborations between Chinese and American universities, the Confucius Institute model, NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins says, has been criticized for a perceived lack of academic freedom, as the Communist Party coordinates much of the exchange. Co-director Benjamin Zheng downplays the sway of the People’s Republic however, streesing that the program’s curriculum and teaching materials are exclusively planned in North Philadelphia.
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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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