Month: April 2016

  • West Chester SEPTA station

    The potential for SEPTA to restore service to West Chester has been talked about for years. Candice Mongolian reports that a feasibility study will be underway soon: The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), in the middle of laying out its five-year financial plan and 2017 budget, is planning to do a feasibility study about restoring rail service to […]

  • iPad-first computing

    Steven Sinofsky writes on his transition to iPad-first computing: Unlike many “use a product for month” tests this is not an experiment. For me this is a deeply held belief that the rise of smartphones (specifically starting when the iPhone launched) would have a profound impact on the way we all use “computers”. The transformation spans…

  • Passing along knowledge

    College communities, somewhat like airports, are transitory places. An enormous number of the people who dot the Penn State landscape today will be gone tomorrow—or next year, or in three years. The transient nature of student life is both a renewing force in a college town, ensuring freshness and vibrancy, at the same time that…

  • Moving a mailbox

    The Inspiration Mural is a distinctive part of Downtown State College, telling some of the most powerful stories of the people of the Nittany Valley in a visual way. As downtown continues to change and transform, the aesthetic and cultural value of the Inspiration Mural will only grow as an important means for Penn Staters, townspeople,…

  • Disaster preservation

    In a city whose identity is so closely associated with its historic sites, the effects of climate change and storms like Katrina and Sandy pose nightmare scenarios. What would Philadelphia be if its landmark buildings and historic districts were washed away? Since those hurricanes in 2005 and 2012 and because of the increasing severity and…