Friday, May 12, 2006

News dump -- miscellania (last installment)

  • Another suggestion made on the smoking ban front would use financial incentives to encourage businesses to go smoke-free. The bill, sponsored by Jack Kelly, appears to have had a tepid reception, despite combining two hot local issues.

  • America's Hometown reports the first data that I've seen concerning community views on Philadelphia casino proposals. Take-home: feelings about nearby proposals are almost exactly divided, although people in the river wards seem to agree that they'd rather have one slots parlor than two in their part of town.

  • A PhillyFuture poster looks at possibilities for running a new SEPTA subway along an abandoned rail line along the Parkway. Apparently this has been thought of before by transit junkies, but it hasn't been discussed lately and looks pretty reasonable!

  • Albert links to his interview at Metro, which includes a photo and some chat about politics and blogging. Hi, Albert!!


Anonymous Joyful Alternative said...

Re the casino, in 1970, when I lived in Port Richmond, a proposal was floated to build an international peace university for the bicentennial along the riverfront in the abandoned industrial areas like the Reading yards.

A community meeting was held to gauge local sentiment, but it was stormed with sign-wielding men yelling "We don't want no bicentennial." They were supposedly sugar workers but they looked like hired goons. Discussion stopped before it started. The city officials left, and the TV cameras left.

The sugar factory on the island shut down the following year anyhow.

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other take away on the casino poll is that - if you accept it's findings - the "Multi-Community Alliance" that's fighting the Trump casino has really overstate the level of opposition to this project.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous steve said...

As the person who wrote it, I really like that subway idea. Thanks for spreading the word. Together we can make people briefly think about the idea!

1:29 PM  

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