Archive: August, 2010
The one-way fare system that SEPTA is exploring for its regional rail lines could invite jokes about commuters being lured into Philadelphia for free - then socked with a big fee for the privilege of getting out of town.
But that's hardly the only pitfall suggested by this plan, which SEPTA officials say is in the talking stages as part of a long-delayed transition to a $77 million "smart card" fare system for buses, subways, trolleys, and trains.
Would there be nightly logjams of passengers trying to squeeze through the turnstiles at gated Center City rail stations? What works at the starting gate for thoroughbreds at PhiladelphiaPark may result in chaos with commuters lugging briefcases and other belongings.
Who is going to get to the bottom of the mess at the Philadelphia Housing Authority?
Executive Director Carl R. Greene has taken a leave of absence. The PHA board seems out of the loop and has been slow to respond to allegations against Greene.
Mayor Nutter has had nothing to say. Ditto for City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who, like the mayor, appoints two commissioners to the PHA’s five-member board.
It makes far better sense to honor more hallowed ground in Gettysburg with links to the pivotal Civil War battle and President Abraham Lincoln's historic visit than to bring a casino to the neighborhood.
Gambling investors may believe that the best hope to boost the Gettysburg economy is their plan to build a full-blown casino just a half-mile south of where thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers fought and died.
But it's more important to preserve the unique setting and character of the Gettysburg battlefield - a drawing card for the small town that hasn't lost any of its appeal after nearly 150 years.
Many baseball fans are keeping a close watch on the Phillies’ playoff race, but the deeper meaning of the game was on full display in Williamsport this weekend.
That’s where the dream of winning the Little League World Series came to end for the Toms River National team. The kids from New Jersey were eliminated by Hawaii on Sunday.
Toms River advanced to Williamsport after beating another local team, Council Rock Newtown, a week ago. But after getting knocked out of the tournament, the kids from Toms River remained mostly upbeat.