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The New South Street Bridge opened yesteday, amongst much fanfare and hoopla. Sure, the bridge does narrow vehicular traffic to less wide lanes -- banishing the previous speedway. Pedestrian pavements have been widened. Bicycle lanes have been added. But, really, why the fuss? In its stark lack of design, this is a project that could have been undertaken by US Corps of Army Engineers. Another reason that contemporary Philadelphia is a second-tier city. -- RDC
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