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    • Protesters rally outside the Sheet Metal Workers Hall, where the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority held a public meeting to get input on proposals for the Southport Marine Terminal. | Emma Lee/WHYY

StateImpact: Environmentalists target port proposals to fight Philadelphia “energy hub”

Environmental groups fighting efforts to make Philadelphia an “energy hub” for Marcellus Shale gas have found their first target: a proposal by a refiner to build an oil import/export terminal on…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

SEPTA to overhaul 11 more regional rail cars in South Philly for $6.28 million

SEPTA’s Board approved a contract with Hyundai-Rotem last week to rehabilitate 11 Bombardier regional rail cars for $6.28 million. The work will be performed at Hyundai-Rotem’s South Philadelphia factory, which was…

    • MOTU PSA on the 23 bus stop at 11th and Lombard.

Streetsplainer: Why do the buses stop every block?

“Why do we stop at EVERY corner?” is one of the more common complaints among younger bus riders. It seems intuitively obvious that stopping more=slower rides, especially when you stop to…

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ABOUT WHITMAN

Whitman, named because of its close proximity to the Walt Whitman Bridge, is neighborhood in South Philadelphia. It extends from Bigler Street to Snyder Avenue and from 6th Street to Front Street. The neighborhood itself is easily lost within its adjacent neighborhoods, often being regarded as a part of Pennsport. While the area’s history is brief, it is full of controversy and struggle. Whitman Park, the proposed 1950’s low-income housing development, was at the center of the neighborhood's protest. Residents recall people lying in front of bulldozers to prevent the destruction of their neighborhood. In fact, the Whitman Council was established for the soul purpose of fighting off large-scale development. This area has seen minor developments since the Whitman Park “fiasco,” but for the most part has remained the same as it has always been. The area is also remembered for its resident, Joey Coyle, who stole 1.2 million dollars when it fell out of an armored truck. The story was later turned into the movie Money for Nothing.


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