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  1. Once known as the “Workshop of the World” because of its industrial might, Philly is now on the rebound after decades of population decreases. It’s a city rediscovering its industrial heritage, where everyday buildings and industrial spaces are being reused in new and exciting ways. The city is growing again, and people of all ages are moving back downtown.
    The project I’m most looking forward to seeing develop in the next few years is the Rail Park — an in-progress plan to create a three-mile park and recreation path, using the historic elevated Reading Viaduct and the below-ground City Branch rail cut of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. It’s big, it’s ambitious, it’s forward-thinking, and it’s going to be uniquely Philly.

    Comment by PreservationNation — June 24, 2014 #

  2. With upward of $35 billion of new refineries, chemical plants and factories planned through 2015 for Houston and the surrounding Gulf Coast, companies like Odebrecht, which runs chemical plants and is working on a new freeway in the area, have converged on the nation’s oil and gas capital.

    Houston, with 255,000 manufacturing jobs, is not yet the country’s largest industrial center; it still lags behind the longtime leaders Los Angeles, with 360,000 manufacturing jobs, and Chicago, home to 314,000. But it is clearly on a stronger trajectory. Since 2008, Houston’s manufacturing workforce has expanded 5% while Los Angeles has lost 13% of its industrial jobs and Chicago’s factory workforce has shrunk 11%.

    Comment by Forbes — June 28, 2014 #

  3. The total number of containers handled at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in May increased by 5.6 percent on a year-over-year basis to 1,288,652 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). This was the fourteenth consecutive month of at least 1 million TEUs for the San Pedro Bay ports.

    At the Port of Los Angeles, total containers rose by 8.2 percent on a year-to-year basis while the Port of Long Beach saw total containers increase by 2.7 percent in May when compared to last year. The San Pedro Bay ports have been a on a positive growth track for the past ten out of eleven months.

    Comment by LAEDC — June 29, 2014 #

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