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Morning Headlines: Dranoff Encourages New Schuylkill Corridor Development

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Carl Dranoff was present at yesterday’s Urban Land Institute meeting, where real estate professionals gathered to address current and future plans for the flourishing Schuylkill River area connecting Center City and University City.

The Dranoff Properties president held up Boston’s MIT as an example of a higher education campus with a significant private sector (thanks to their research facility) and encouraged something akin to this in Philadelphia. From NewsWorks:

“He [Dranoff] pointed out that Philly needs to attract new jobs and research facilities and new start-ups, instead of just shifting around the current players.

“Up to now we’ve attracted too few new jobs. I hope that changes,” he said. “But new exciting plans, more modern facilities — that will attract new companies. And I hope that begets new housing and new retail.”

On that note, it seems the Pennovation Center appears to be on the road to doing just that.

Bigger plans for developing both sides of Schuylkill [NewsWorks]

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Smart, Attractive Couple Walks on (Frozen) Water

Our friend HughE Dillon sends us these pics of Oliver and Jenny from Love Story  a lovely couple walking onto the frozen Schuylkill River this week—right next to parts that, given then apparent presence of standing water instead of ice (though that might just be ice without snow on it) suggests the support might’ve been a little thin. Did they get great pics? Yes. We’re just glad neither one of them drowned.

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5 Questions: Iris Marie Bloom on Philly’s Dangerous Train Derailment

 

Iris Marie Bloom makes no bones about it: Oil-carrying trains like the one that derailed over the Schuylkill River this week are a threat to the health and safety of nearly every Philadelphian. (If you think she sounds alarmist, consider this: U.S. and Canadian regulators on Thursday warned a “major loss of life” could occur if rail shipments of oil continue from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.) Her solution? It’s time to conserve and convert — use less energy, and use more renewable energy in place of fossil fuels.

The director of Protecting Our Waters talked with Philly Mag this week about the dangers posed by the trains, and how America’s greener future can possibly make us safer. Some excerpts:

This week a train carrying shale oil derailed over the Schuylkill River. Environmentalists have been sounding the alarm since. Why is shale oil of particular concern in incidents like these?

Well the Bakken shale oil has caused five trains carrying Bakken shale oil to blow up sky high in just the past seven months. So that is an extremely bad track record. And it’s caused 47 people to be vaporized, I mean killed, in Lac-Megantic, Canada. That was kind of the real warning bell. But instead of heeding the warning bell and stopping the trains, they’ve been allowed to continue, and that’s resulted in massive explosions and fires in Alabama, in North Dakota, two more explosions and fires in Canada, and all of those involved derailments.

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WATCH: Jeopardy! Contestants Don’t Know Where the Schuylkill Is

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Jeopardy! contestants are among the smartest people on television. And, once qualifying for Jeopardy! — something I failed to do — these incredibly smart people study beforehand and brush up on weaknesses.

But, despite recently being named Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for consecutive years, the Schuylkill River remains a mystery to these very smart people. The Jeopardy! Clue Crew did a whole round from Valley Forge on Monday night, and one clue was a triple-stumper.

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Holler! Schuylkill Is PA’s 2014 River of the Year

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Get ready for some bragging rights, Philly. Last month, I told you about a contest on the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website, in which our own Schuylkill River was named a contender for 2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year. After five weeks of voting, which saw 5,527 total votes cast, the Schuylkill was declared winner, with 43 percent of the vote. Good job, guys!

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