News roundup

Sorry to everyone still waiting on Part III of the Pittsburgh Trilogy, but I’m currently fighting off Mutant Death Plague, on liquids and bedrest, and not very good at writing or analytical thinking. Meanwhile, there’s too much news today to let it all go past without mentioning.

  • Inga Saffron, the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Architecture Critic and unofficial dean of the Philadelphia Urbanism Scribblers’ Corps, is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. It’s an honor long overdue. Congratulations, Ms. Saffron!
  • While you have your champagne flutes handy, pour out a small libation for Conrad Benner: SEPTA is announcing the return of all-night subway service on Fridays and Saturdays, starting in mid-June and running through at least Labor Day as a pilot.
  • For anyone not obsessively following this through other channels, the TWU and SEPTA continue to negotiate, and a strike is NOT imminent.
  • SEPTA Budget Hearing season is about to kick off with operating budget hearings in all five counties, starting with Bucks County on Wednesday. Unlike last year’s hearings, which included a triennial major fare hike, this year’s hearings are expected to be quiet and uneventful.

I promise I’ll have Pittsburgh Part III out by Thursday at the latest, and likely earlier.

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