John Gallery exit interview | ‘spite blight’ in Germantown | SEPTA’s promising energy recapture | Brady brokered Goldtex peace

Today we get another glorious glimpse of fall, with clear skies and highs in the mid 70s. Enjoy what promises to be a beautiful day.

John Andrew Gallery will leave his post as executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia at the end of this year and the hunt is on for his successor. PlanPhilly’s Alan Jaffe spoke with Gallery about his experience running the Alliance since 2002, why the transition is happening now, and what important pieces of unfinished business he’s leaving behind.

What will end the case of “spite blight” on at 5357 Knox Street in Germantown? Amy Z. Quinn reports for PlanPhilly/NewsWorks that after “11 years of litigation, 21 months of hearings, three previous L&I cases with about 30 hearings and two sheriff’s sales” neighbors have little faith that the current demolition by neglect lawsuit brought by the Historical Commission will work.

Early estimates suggest that the Market-Frankford Line’s new regenerative braking technology could save as much as 10% on power usage, effectively turn SEPTA into an electricity provider, Wired reports. The Federal Transportation Administration has given SEPTA another $1.4 million to replicate the system elsewhere. [via Flying Kite]

Yesterday we wrote that protesting union workers had backed off from the Goldtex construction site at 12th and Wood. Wondering what changed after months of protest at Goldtex? Rep. Bob Brady stepped in to mediate, Inga Saffron explains.


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