May 15, 2016 |
When John A. Fry arrived at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster 14 years ago as a candidate for college president, the first thing he saw was a shuttered linoleum manufacturing plant that loomed across the street. "If I get this job, that goes," he thought, wincing at the hulking mass of brick buildings and smokestacks that rose behind the college fitness center. "You couldn't think about a worse way to introduce a campus. " The notion was far from whimsical, considering it came from Fry, who was fresh off his pivotal role at the University of Pennsylvania in revitalizing its West Philadelphia neighborhood.
May 9, 2016 |
A triangular tract of now mostly vacant land that was the engine of Merchantville's growth in the 19th century could be the key to the borough's future. "This is the last developable site in town," says Mayor Ted Brennan, a lawyer, a father of four, and an energetic proponent of a renewed effort to strengthen the Camden County suburb's somewhat faded heart. "We want to build something that will stand the test of time," adds the mayor, whose father, Patrick, served in the same role from 1995 until 2006.
March 17, 2016 |
Amtrak and its development partners want to build a new underground concourse linking 30th Street Station with SEPTA's subways and trolleys as the first step in a 35-year plan for the area. The concourse, to be topped by a skylight and lined with shops along its 250-foot span, would be completed during the first half of the 2020s, according to a draft of the 30th Street Station District Plan to be released during an open house at the station Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. The draft is the latest stage in a $5.25 million study, nearing completion after two years, of plans for the station.
January 8, 2016 |
Transforming the lackluster 175 acres roughly bounded by the Schuykill and Walnut, Spring Garden, and 32d Streets into a new, pedestrian-friendly community with offices, an expanded Drexel University, and housing is not just smart; it is inspired. The plan linking two of the city's most vibrant economic centers, University City and Center City, represents the kind of clear thinking that has been missing from past plans for the 30th Street Station area, among them covering the rail yard with a baseball stadium, convention center, or amusement park.
December 16, 2015 |
The massive rail yard at 30th Street Station would be partially capped under an evolving proposal to transform the area into a vibrant new neighborhood linking Center City with West Philadelphia. This framework also calls for three new pedestrian bridges over the Schuylkill, ample public space around the station and along the river, a revamped station building with more shopping, and a new transit center for intercity bus routes and expanded rail service. The draft, to be unveiled Wednesday during an open house at the station, integrates public responses to previously proposed alternatives for the so-called 30th Street Station District Plan being devised by Amtrak, Drexel University, SEPTA, Brandywine Realty Trust, and others.
November 15, 2013 |
THERE ARE 96 acres of prime real estate hiding in plain sight in the middle of our resurgent city. We scuttle past them every day by car or train. In a land-rich city like Philadelphia, it is often hard to see the treasures lying just beneath our feet. I'm talking about the rail yards at 30th Street. Bounded by the Schuylkill on the east, JFK Boulevard on the south, 32nd Street to the west and Spring Garden Street to the north, the rail yards are the most significant piece of real estate in the city.
October 4, 2013 |
As 120 rail cars loaded with 80,000 barrels of sweet crude from North Dakota pulled with a clang into the South Philadelphia high-speed oil-train unloading yard, thunderous applause erupted from many of the 1,000 workers at the former Sunoco Inc. refinery. "Last year, we all thought we were going to get laid off and shut down," recalled Bob Partridge, who runs the warehouse for Philadelphia Energy Solutions L.L.C., operator of the former refinery. "Here we are and we are all working.
June 1, 2013 |
SEPTA officials apologized Thursday for keeping Regional Rail passengers in the dark about rush-hour delays Wednesday evening that affected 68 trains. "Beyond the mechanical problem, we were also delayed in getting concrete information out to customers, and that only heightened frustrations," SEPTA said in a statement issued to riders Thursday. An empty Paoli/Thorndale train on its way from a rail yard to Center City broke down at 4:50 p.m. at a junction near 16th Street and Indiana Avenue in North Philadelphia, partially blocking a key intersection and making it difficult to operate switches, SEPTA said.
November 12, 2012 |
Drexel University's entrepreneurial president has set his sights on the possibility of building over and developing part of the Schuylkill Rail Yards, long ogled by visionaries for its expansive prospects yet largely untouched because of the potential infrastructure problems it poses. President John A. Fry is embarking on a university-funded million-dollar-plus feasibility study with Amtrak and SEPTA to determine options. Could 30th Street Station and its West Philadelphia community be connected to the Art Museum and Center City via an elevated platform built atop the rail yards?
July 19, 2012 |
Across Columbus Boulevard from the looming façade of Dave and Buster's, half a dozen archaeologists sweltered around a hole in the ground Tuesday afternoon and looked with enthusiasm at a lot of brown and black dirt and rock, as archaeologists often do. A hole and rubble inspired hope. Tim Mancl hefted about a foot-and-a-half length of old encrusted iron, slightly rounded at the top. "This is a section of rail from the rail yard," he said. "It's really heavy. " He laid it down with a clank.