August 21: SEPTA delays | Woodlands trees | Archdiocese property auction | Explore El Centro do Oro | would-be SEPTA lines

Good day, Streeters. Here’s what’s Buzzing this Wednesday morning:

There is no A/B express service this morning on the Market-Frankford El due to equipment problems. SEPTA reports 15 minute delays on all trains. For updates check SEPTA’s System Status page online or see @SEPTA_SOCIAL for updates via twitter.

Today promises to be a warm summery day, but don’t plan to jog or walk the dog at The Woodlands. The Woodlands’ gates will be closed today to complete some tree work. So if this is your go-to spot, West Philly Local reminds you to make alternate plans.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia auctioned several properties in July, making $2.5 million, reports the Business Journal. Among the properties sold were these in Philly: St. Bartholomew Convent (5500 Harbison Avenue), St. Michael Business School (1504-06 N. 2nd Street), and Our Lady of Hope Convent (3531-35 N. 19th St).

Photographer Theresa Stigale explored El Centro de Oro, the traditional cultural and business corridor for Puerto Rican and Latino Philly, as part of her commercial corridor series for Hidden City Daily. Stigale checks in with groups working to improve the neighborhood and create centers of community like HACE and Taller Puertorriqueño, longtime businesses like Centro Musical and Jerry’s Fashions, as well as newer fixtures on the avenue.

SEPTA’s system is big, but it could have been lots bigger. Philly Post has a rundown of six “phantom” SEPTA subways that might have been, from a Passyunk Avenue spur to an elevated line in Germantown, as well as clues to where they would have met existing lines.

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