PENNSYLVANIA: Hole in the Ground

Back in 1917 the city of Philadelphia set to work to build a subway line down Locust Street, which runs through Philadelphia's main business district. The resulting excavations kept large parts of Locust Street in a turmoil until work on the project was interrupted in 1918 by World War I shortages. After the war, digging started again, and the tunnel was finally finished in 1933 at a cost of $6,000,000. But what with the Depression and World War II, the city just never got around to putting the Locust Street subway into operation.

About two years ago, however, the...

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