Oh what a beautiful morning, Streeters. Here’s what’s making news this Tuesday morning:
Yesterday the board of directors of City Trusts approved a plan to turn Girard College into a day school, cutting grades 9-12 “temporarily.” Girard College has had mounting financial trouble and is facing costly renovations to its aging buildings. The 43-acre boarding school campus on Fairmount Avenue has provided free education to poor youth since 1848, established in trust by Stephen Girard’s will and fortune. Joe DiStefano writes that city oversight of Girard College’s investments are what failed the institution starting decades ago, and forced a situation that should have been planned for
One trash can for a 30-acre picnic area, Sandy-damaged trees, a picnic pavilion that’s been boarded up since the 1980s, a busted creek-side retaining wall: Will Parks & Rec will stop neglecting the Pennypack Creek picnic grounds in Holmesburg? Holmesburg Civic Association’s Richard Fritzell gave the Daily News a tour of the park, which lacks amenities thought it is heavily used.
A survey for the American Public Transportation Association showed 74% support for using taxes to add and improve public transit - up from 69% last year. Given broad public support for transit funding, shouldn’t politicians get in line? The Inquirer reports from a confab of transit bigwigs who are meeting in Center City over the next few days. The meeting of the American Public Transportation Association takes place even as politicians in Harrisburg contemplate raising the wholesale gas tax and other fees to raise money to provide more funds to the state’s aging and ailing transit systems and repair transportation infrastructure.
Region’s Business takes a long walk down Market Street (all of it) finding a reflection of the “changing and fractured identity of the city” and looks at the plans that have been floated to improve sections of Market East, Market West, University City and westward along the El.
Since the Philadelphia Police Department formalized its social media policy in 2011, more cops are finding their way onto Twitter. Technically Philly’s Juliana Reyes writes: “It gives a human face to a department that hasn’t always had the best reputation, and that translates to more trust, more dialogue, more crime tips.”