The Ben Franklin Bridge will light up in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting, the Delaware River Port Authority announced Tuesday.
You can expect to see the suspension bridge, which connects Camden to Philly, illuminated in rainbow colors Wednesday night through Saturday night.
The bridge will join structures and monuments around the world that will glow in remembrance of the 49 lives claimed and the 53 wounded by a gunman who opened fire early June 12th in Pulse, a popular LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. It was the country’s deadliest mass shooting.
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Photo credit: Mike Williams / Delaware River Port Authority
Early last week it was reported that if the Delaware River Port Authority decided to reopen their Franklin Square PATCO Station at 6th and Race, it would cost an estimated $18.5 million. Whether or not such a project will ever come to fruition is too soon to tell, but we did ask you, our smart readers, your thoughts on the matter: In the wake of the Franklin Square’s somewhat recent stretch of success as a social space, do you think it should reopen?
Below, the results of our poll, which asked if you would use Franklin Square Station. (Note: 526 readers participated.) Additionally, scroll down and you’ll find we’ve included photos of the ghost station, two of which were taken last week.
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Bridge commuters will be interested in hearing this: Despite the Delaware River Port Authority putting an end to the funding of economic development projects (i.e. projects unrelated to transportation) two years ago, said projects continue to get money.
An example of this is the $2.2 million allotted “to guarantee bank loans made to the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden riverfront, L3 Communications Corp. in Camden, and the Ship Recycling Research Institute in South Philadelphia.” DRPA deputy CEO Michael Conallen says that if the loans are paid off, the $2.2 million “will revert back to the DRPA,” according to Philly.com’s Paul Nussbaum.
Nussbaum reports the DRPA, a self-sustaining transportation agency who’s borrowed close to $500 million over the last sixteen years for economic development, has “about $23 million left in its economic development fund.”
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