William H. Magill on 20 May 2005 02:30:12 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] Drexel MCS Society Debate

On 19 May, 2005, at 12:53, Walt Mankowski wrote:
On Thu, May 19, 2005 at 12:18:21PM -0400, Jeff Abrahamson wrote:

I thought the closure was closer to 1960?  Anyway, either Locust or
Woodland was closed in 1959 by Penn with a one-time closing fee of $1
million paid to the city, iirc from a search a once did at the Penn

Interesting. For some reason I thought the closing was much later than that. Certainly Locust Walk still looked like a street until they replaced the asphalt with the current stone and brickwork in the mid-80s.

Woodland Avenue (Market to Chestnut) was closed by Drexel in the late 1950s. In 1962 they began construction on the new Science Building. I had one of the first classes in it in September of 1963

I don't recall if Penn closed the Chestnut to Spruce section of Woodland
earlier than that or not.

Locust Street was converted into Locust Walk long before it was repaved.
Somewhere in the early 1980s, Blanch P. Levy donated a bunch of bucks
to Penn for the express purpose of "fixing" college green -- getting rid
of the remnants of both Woodland Avenue and Locust Street. Other monies
were then raised to continue "Blanch P. Levy Park" up Locust Street to
38th (including 36th and 37th).  Until that time, it was obvious that
all were "still streets."

William H. Magill
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