Transportation Planning Influenced by Oil

“Atlantic Petroleum Storage Company for refined oil. Empire stores for crude oil. Warehouse: Point Breeze. Office: 115 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.” Surveyed & drawn by E. Hexamer | Lithograph from The Library Company of Philadelphia

“Atlantic Petroleum Storage Company for refined oil. Empire stores for crude oil. Warehouse: Point Breeze. Office: 115 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.” Surveyed & drawn by E. Hexamer | Lithograph from The Library Company of Philadelphia

A fascinating essay on the history of fire risk in the refinery district of southern Philadelphia and the resurgence of petroleum refining and rail transport of Bakken formation crude oil in recent years. The author — Christopher Dougherty, a Project Manager at Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park Conservancy — studied Transportation Planning at Temple University and his essay links transportation planning and policy to the oil industry in a thoughtful and provocative way.

~Thanks to Bradley Flamm for this post

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