Wednesday Roundup

Things that are happening that I haven’t been able to catch up on yet:

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  1. I applaud the approach SEPTA is taking with the “blitz”, it makes sense to me. What I don’t understand is why the pedestrian concourse connecting the BSL platforms to Suburban Station had to close as well. If workers had left the temporary walls in place through the “blitz”, why couldn’t that connection have stayed active w/o access to the trolleys?

  2. I don’t doubt that it will continue to be primarily called 30th St Station for the first decade after a name change, but after that all bets are off. Your “every Philadelphian I’ve talked to” includes zero people who moved to (or were born in) the city after its name was Bill Gray Station, and they’re who will determine whether the change sticks. There are some people who still say “Washington National Airport” rather than “Reagan National”, but it’s a diminishing number; I could see 30th St going the same way.

    I’m not saying it’s a lock; some old names have staying power, and some new names just never garner any support – “Avenue of the Americas” comes to mind. But I don’t think sampling Philadelphians circa 2014 can tell you much about 2034.

    1. This seems like an honorary renaming with no real consequence. There is a precedence here: Wilmington Station has been renamed after Joe Biden, and Secaucus Station has been renamed after Frank Lautenberg. Neither renaming has made it into official maps or schedules, so nobody uses the “new” names.

      Given the tendency of politicians to name things after other politicians, whether or not they really deserve such an honor, the whole practice really ought to be banned.

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