Good morning Streeters!
Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered at the Washington Monument.
- The Daily News looks at how WDAS brought local radio listeners closer to the March, taking 13 buses to Washington D.C. that morning and phoning in news updates all day.
- To commemorate the anniversary, MSNBC posted some fantastic photographs of the March on Washington, Slate also published some rare Leonard Freed photos of the March, and the National Archives shared highlights from its collection of photographs and ephemera (like this original program) from the events.
- The Washington Post notes that Dr. King’s 17-minute speech is owned privately (by his descendants and a publishing company) making the seminal speech harder to hear or watch online in its entirety. Today you can hear a dramatic reading of the speech as part of a daylong event at the National Constitution Center.
Along the Old Chamounix Drive, Hidden City Daily’s Brad Maule finds the “prettiest bridge to nowhere,” composed of “15 skewed arches of bricks” and built over the old Fairmount Park trolley line.
Penn Alexander School’s controversial waiting list for grades 1-8 has been abolished, West Philly Local reports. Parents whose children had been on the wait list are asked to telephone the school immediately (215-823-5465). Parents have complained that getting on the desirable school’s wait list was not transparent, but it is similarly unclear how this new process might work or be fairer. School begins September 9.
The Economist recently took a look at how Philly’s deployment beat cops on foot patrols is improving safety in the city while helping rookie officers get to know the communities they’re policing better.