Bruce Schimmel on Philly’s couch problem: Local design costs less to maintain.

Published: Nov 18, 2009

Opinion / Bruce Schimmel

No matter how many throw rugs and designer tchotchkes you buy, if you have a ratty couch, your living room will always look like a dump.

The same for holds true for Philly and its bus shelters. A transit shelter tagged with graffiti and bristling with ads will overshadow any other street amenity and be a magnet for crime. But that’s the current state of most of the city’s 250-some transit shelters, which are showing both their age and much contempt.

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