August 23: NHSL crash update | Cobbs Creek’s corridor comeback | 21st Century Libraries

“Not everybody will be happy, but everybody will be heard.” Mayor Kenney emphasizes the importance of process, one of the themes in today’s news:

The federal review process for Tuesday’s Norristown High Speed Line crash will likely take a year, the Inquirer reports. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will review video footage, conduct interviews and review the safety systems. Currently the cause of the crash, which injured 42, remains unclear.

Rizzo statue update: Mayor Kenney said Tuesday that the Art Commission has authority over any city art “acquired” and “removed, relocated or altered in any way,” the Inquirer reports. The Kenney administration is working on a request to start the commission’s review process.

Function, preservation and the future of Philadelphia’s public libraries: Grace Diliberto, contributing to Hidden City Philadelphia, highlights four branches—Tacony, Lillian Marrero, Logan and Lovett Memorial—undergoing extensive renovations through the Free Library’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative. Diliberto curates an “architectural tour” of a handful of Philadelphia’s “most distinctive, neighborhood libraries.” For more on the changing library lexicon, check out Malcolm Burnley’s coverage on Logan Library’s renovations.

Cobbs Creek’s commercial corridor comeback: the Philadelphia Citizen checks in on the progress of the 60th Street corridor’s infill development campaign, highlighting the coordinated investment and development efforts between the Partnership Community Development Corporation, the Reinvestment Fund and West Philadelphia Real Estate. Beyond money and buildings, however, are people: local business organizations say that coordination among the businesses on the corridor remains a challenge.

The pipeline builder behind the Mariner East 2 is suing North Dakota pipeline protesters, StateImpact PA’s Susan Phillips reports. Energy Transfer Partners filed a federal racketeering lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that environmental groups, including Greenpeace, engaged in criminal activity to delay construction and manufactured a “media spectacle” to solicit donations.

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