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UNPRECEDENTED PROSPERITY WAS
HEW ERA CAME
, TO WEST PHILA.
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Busings in Vicinity of Six
tieths and Market Streets
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Revolutionized as Demand
for- $tore Properties In
Firriibf National Reputo Quick
tc Roalize Advantage of Es
tablishing Branches Whoro
Additional facta brought out In an In
vestlgatlon ot the neighborhood of EOth
and Market streets show that the elevated
fond, has created a new era of prosperity
lor that district besides Increasing realty
Values to Inconceivable heights.
1'Ians now under way will, when com
pleted, malm thin business centre com
pare favorably with any other section
of tho city. Within a few yards nf 60th,
at the northeast corner of Market and
Salford streets, the Cross Keys Theatre
is In the courso of erection. It wilt be
devoted to -vaudeville under the direction
of John J. McQurk, of tho Stanley
Amusement Company. The house will
Beat about 2C00 persons.
Just around the corner, at the north
enst corner of COth and Ludlow streets,
the Woolworth Company, It Is said, will
Open tna-of their big E and 10 cent stores.
Twb other firms of national reputo will
erect branch .stores on part of the same
Plot. The site on which these stores
will stand has probably hod bigger leaps
In valuo than any other corner In the
HOW VALUES LEAPED.
In 1903 It was assessed ut $00, but
the ;norch of progress, brought by the
JIarkct street elevated line, caused such
a demand for corner properties that It
jumped to 170.000. It was sold for this
sum. r'econtly through J. Grcvlrnon Glad
Ing; real estate agent. The lot hns a
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fimntnge of feet on eeth street ahl
100 feet on Ludlow street,
That the real estate boom was not
limited It shown by comparisons In val
uation of the site nt the northeast corner
of Hh and Chestnut streets. This Is
occupied by Hallnhan's shoe Blow, which
has blared the war for further progress
down 60th street. This plot of ground,
with n frontage of SS feet on 00th street
and n depth of feet on Chestnut street,
was bought In 180 for 110.000, It Is now
estimated to bo worth IJ5.O0O without the
Improvements. Thin pkln nt t:-. wv in
eight years Is th Inducement which has ,
caused many other merchants to plan
branch stores for this section.
An Illustration of foresight as to tho
-nluo of tho elevated Is shown In the
cate of Mm. Sara Duthle, n widow, who i
conducts a drj goods store at the south
east corner of Salford and Market streets, '
As soon as ground was broken for the
placing of tho Iron columns, this rnergettr
business woman began to enlargo her
IIOOO I'llOPEItTr NOW WOItTH 118,000. ,
Shortly after the elevated road was
opened she was glad she had taken such
a step, for business began to Increase.
Mrs. Duthlo said she bought tho place
about ten years ago for $1000. It Is now
Opposite her establishment, nt the
northwest corner of Salford and Market
streets, the site now occupied by a bakery
had a somewhat similar Iricrenne In value.
The lot Is owned by J. O. Glndlng. and
In 1505 was assessed at $W0O. Today It Is
nssessed ot $10,600.
The north side of Market street, west
of 0th, nlao shared proportionately In
tho "L" road boom. In March, lDOt,
the properties at V)-O5-07 Market street
sold for $21,500. Two years ago one of
the places was bought by John E. Mc
Cully for J1S.500.
On both sides of Market and COth
streets tho story Is the same. The value
of the "L" lino will be greatly Increased,
many believe, when the Mlh street sur
face line Is opened. This will enablo
thousands of riders dally to transfer
north or south from tho "L" for one
STUDYING TAYLOR PLAN
Cincinnati Man Hero to Investigate
A study of the rapid transit system of
this city and also of tho plans of Director
Taylor will be mado by Alfred Bottman,
one of tho leading corporation lawyers of
the Middle West, who came here to attend
the conference of Mayors.
Mr. Dcttman Is desirous of obtaining
suggestions for the proposed rapid transit
system to he Installed In Cincinnati. Ha
said that $10,000,0C0 would be spent on tho
system. Speaking of the plans recom
mended for this city's high-speed lines,
Mr. Bettmnn snld they were the finest
that ho had ever seen.
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LEDGER PHILADELPHIA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1014.
WHAT THE L" HAS DONE FOR REAL ESTATE ON 60th STREET
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EAST SIDE OF
UTILITY AND GRACE
COMBINED IN PLANS
FOR NORTHEAST 'L
Boulevard Will Not Be
Marred by Railway,
Which Will Be Virtually,
Noiseless in Its Operation.
Tho elevated railway, designed to run
on part of tho Northeast Boulevard, com
bines both beauty and utility In design,
o.i shown by tho accompanying oltotcli.
Built on graceful lines, tho structure will
lit harmoniously Into the surrounding
landscape In n manner which will not
mar the attractiveness of tho avenue.
The design decided upon Is tho result
of an exhaustive Btudy of clovntcd rail
ways, both In this country and Europo
by the city transit engineers. They have.
In addition to providing for tho orna
mental features of tho structure, plan
ned nn Improvement In road bed con
struction which will render the operation
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AS THE CARTOONISTS SEE CURRENT EVENTS OF THE WORLD
ELEVATED'S GIFFwEST OFSCHUYLKILL RIVER
60TH STREET SOUTH
of the railway virtually nolsoless, n boon
to the residents of the vicinity reached
by the ''L."
This branch of tho road, which Is to
extend frAm the terminal of tho Kroari
street, subway, consists of n succession
of elliptical arches of atoel ribs, carrying
a solid concrete floor, tho panels of which
nppcnr as spandrel arches. An appro
priate design for stations has also been
worked out, whereby tho spneo under one
span Is Utilized for a mczzanlno door
which will accommodate tho ticket ofllcc.
This will only rcqulro the platforms nnd
waiting reams along tho trnclca. By Mil
arrangement economy will bo effected
both In structure and space.
The elovatcd railway Is designed to
pnss along the south strip of parking
ni-ca, which Is 5il feet wide, tho Boule
vard being 300 feet wide. A macadam or
granolithic walk Is designed to he con
structed underneath It, affording a pleas
ant promenade, with shelter from sun or
rain. Tho structuro will be so light and
open as not to seriously obstruct the view
across the Boulevard.
8AVINO TIME IK STATION STOPS.
Tho schedule hpced ot a rapid transit
line is largely Influenced by the number
nnd length of the station stops, hence It
Is highly Important that the cars shall
be so designed as to load and unload
passengem with minimum delay during
the period of maximum tralllc, which Is
crucial In determining the capacity of the
Modern cars for rapid transit lines have
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British bulldog aids the French poodle.
MAKKi. 10 YliAKS AGO
reached a length of about CO feet and
arc provided with nt least three doors In
each side, of such slzo and so located
as to minimize the tlmo noeded to load
and unload passengers.
These doors should bo operated by com-
be constructed along the Northeast
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pressed air, and It has been assumed
that the maximum station stop, which
Is the determining factor In both track
capacity and schedule speed, will not ex
ceed tO seconds and will average SO
seconds. ' '
Owing to the grades, curvature and
cross section of the subways, which have
been Adopted after due consideration, It
wilt bo Impossible to operate therein
the present standard typo of steam tall
road cars, and should It become prac
tical to connect with suburban branches
of the steam roads at a later date, such
branches must re-equlp with cars uni
form with the subway equipment. It
has been found that for rapid transit
lines of a character proposed for Phila
delphia the type of car mentioned will
bo best adapted to Ihe service.
On account ot the physical conditions,
It Is proposed that nil cars shall bo
motor cars, each equipped with two
motors of approximately 123 horsepower
each, standard rating, and multiple unit
control, and with the electrically operated
OF 60TH STREET SOUTH OF
MASS MEETINGS WILL
DEMAND BETTER TRANSIT
Popular Desire for High Speed Serv
ice Will Bo Voiced.
Jinny sections of tho city have been
aroused to tho necessity for better transit
facilities, and numerous mass-meetings
havo been arranged In order to decide
upon a concerted plan of action to change
conditions. Business and Improvement or
ganizations In every wnrd are now con
versant with tho rapid transit program
nnd will take steps to demand an early
start on the high-speed lines recommended
. In the plan of Director Taylor, of tho De-
parlmcnt of City Trnnslt.
Preliminary meetings to nrrango plans
for mnss-meotlngs hnvo already been held
In tho districts where tho high.-Hpccd lines
am moBt necessary. Business and Im
provement Associations nnd other organi
zations are working with unanimity of
purpose so that the results will be equita
ble to nil. Mnny of these bodies are en
deavoring to have Director Taylor, of the
Department of City Transit, address them
that each community may hear the transit
plans in detail.
Following tho EvENtNa LEnonn's recent
article showing the need of high-speed
lines from Frankford to the centrnl busi
ness district, the Frankford Business
Men's Association took action and have
arranged for a mass-meeting next Thurs
day night In the Frankford Free Library,
where Director Taylor will deliver an
address. Frankford has been placarded
with posters announcing the affair, and,
Judging from the sentiment of the people
In that section, It will bo largely attended.
In Kensington similar enthusiasm exists
Ttenstt Program m arm
The transit PS$UU!l
operation of all high -speed i
conjunction with the surin
which will serve as h l Sent iot
thuthVadfaWg" of "
It will be extended J (,uft"; ?
practicable to every front door In
Passengers will be enabled to travel
In a forward direction between every
Important section of the city and
ivory other Important section of tv
city quickly, conveniently an com
fortably by way of the combined sur
face and high-speed lines, regard ess
of the number of transfers required
In so doing, for one B-ont fare.
Eight-cent exchange tickets are to
niunmatlc air-brake system. Tho esll-
ecrs Is W tons. Care of this type cn
bull so as to operate with entire sue
cess In subways having a clear headjooro
ot 12 f.cct between top of rail and roof.
for tho elevated lino to that section, and
since tho people have voted for the loan
which enables tho first definite step top
taken, there has been a demand i
quick action. Arrangements
ngements arfPV -
etlng In TexSEr11all.
mado for a mass-meet
street, tho director will olso be asked
Itoxborough and Mnnnyunk nro also ar
ranging meetings which will be held dur
ing the present month.
The trnnslt situation wns the chief sub
ject discussed nt the last meeting of tho
Southwest Philadelphia Improvement As
sociation. Tho prlnclpnl speaker at this
gnthcrlng wns John AVnnnmaker. He de
plored the transit service for the southern
part of the city, and snld the people of
that section would not recognize the mnny
advantages offered thcro unless they had
easy access to and from tho centre of tho
Now York, Including only Manhattan
nnd tho Bronx, has a total of 1W.C miles
of hlgh-ipeed service, Including 71.0 miles
of subwny anil 119.il miles of clovnted.
Brooklyn nnd Queens hnvc 121.9 miles of
hlgh-cpeeil service, of which 116.7 miles
nro elevated. Greater New York, not In
cluding Itlchmnnd, hns a total of 312.5
miles of high-speed service, of which 76.2
miles nro underground.
The New York service surpasses any
thing In tho United States as far as
mileage Is concerned. The subway ex
press train sorvlco and even the old-tlmo
express service on the elevated arc well
known. The express Bervlce became s.
necessity for those living uptown,
Chicago has 1)3.7 miles ot high-speed
service, which Is all elevated. It will bo
service, which is all elevated. Philadel
phia, with H.7 miles of rapid transit
truck, has about one-half the mileage ot
Boston, one-tenth tho mileage of Chica
go and onc-twcntlcth the mileage of
Greater New York.
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