The money will help rehabilitate 31 abandoned houses and vacant lots in a south-west section of downtown where parts of the 1999 film were shot, according to mayor JOHN F STREET. The second stage of the project involves fixing up 26 properties.
The donation by Shyamalan will be supplemented by a planned contribution of about $1.2 million (GBP750,000) from the city's NEIGHBOURHOOD TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE program.
Shyamalan, who settled in Philadelphia after leaving his native India as a child, says, "For some reason, I was meant to be here, and we were meant to do this."01/10/2003 09:49