Mutually Assured Destruction At Reading Terminal Market

 

A Civil Defense Administration sign on Roosevelt Boulevard, August 29, 1951.

A Civil Defense Administration sign on Roosevelt Boulevard, August 29, 1951 | Photo courtesy of PhillyHistory.org

  • June 15, 1955 was either an exceedingly normal Wednesday or terrifyingly apocalyptic for Philadelphians. At 2:11 in the afternoon, in accordance with Operation Alert—a nation-wide Civil Defense drill for America’s urban centers—imaginary Soviets dropped an imaginary atomic bomb on 12th & Arch Streets, destroying a major node in the American Northeast’s rail network and instantly killing one third of the city’s population of 2 million. Historian Ken Finkel takes us through that day over at The Philly History Blog.
  • PlanPhilly’s Jon Geeting recounts some findings shared last week by local consulting firm Econsult concerning the economic impact of the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW) stormwater management program. Since the projects associated with 25-year plan are necessarily smaller in size and longer in duration, they can drive local market demand more directly and consistently than could traditional gray infrastructure options. After mining the data of the 60 businesses in the trade group that make GCCW possible, Econsult avers that “local operations are generating an annual economic impact of $57 million in Philadelphia” and “that the public investment in GCCW over the 25 years will lead to a total expenditure impact of $3 billion within the city, supporting an estimated 940 jobs each year.”
  • Pending civic approval for its redevelopment plans, an unnamed party has agreed to buy the old Nabisco factory at 12000 Roosevelt Boulevard in the Somerton section of the Far Northeast, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. The 27.5-acre site is home to three structures. Initial plans have the developers reusing the 120,000-square-foot distribution center while replacing the bakery tower and manufacturing space with newly constructed retail space.
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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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