Art Alexion on 20 Oct 2010 06:07:16 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] WordCamp Philly

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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] WordCamp Philly
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 09:07:06 -0400
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On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Rachel Rawlings <> wrote:
Damn. Back in the day all Temple's gear was fleece, emphasis on the first four letters f-l-e-e.

But cmon, really? I remember walking from the Richard Allen homes to 29th and Columbia, then back to campus at 1am, back in 1989. Last time I drove through there (last month) it looked just as safe as Drexel and USP.

Yeah, as a student in the early '70s, with kids who recently graduated, I can say that its frikin' Chestnut Hill compared to what it used to be.

On the east side, there's a train station with guards where a lumber platform used to be. Heck, most trains didn't even stop there.  We had to get off at North Phila/Lehigh and walk.

On the west side, student housing abounds in neighborhoods where we would never have set foot.  Off campus student housing meant Germantown, or the then-affordable center city.

(Sorry for taking this off-topic, but I always believed that the neighborhood's safety was proportional to the amount of student activity and traffic. In spite of the fact that the surrounding neighborhood was worse, Penn was safer in the 1970s because there were university people in the streets.)

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