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    • Bikes, pedestrian | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group

June 29: Interstates at 60 | Where's OTIS at? | Construction diversity

On this day in 1956 President Eisenhower signed the Interstate highway system into law. A new report by TRIP – representing construction, engineering, and highway interests – finds the system at…

    • Philadelphia poverty and transit access to downtown | Center City District, 2016

Center City District report highlights transit as competitive necessity for region’s economy

If everyone drove to work in Center City, how much parking would we need? According to a new report from the Center City District: 2.6 square miles of surface parking. The…

    • Accessibility activists gather on July 2 to witness Philadelphia's introduction of new wheelchair accessible taxis. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Taxi medallion values hit new low as PPA sets minimum bid for upcoming auction

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) set the minimum bid for the sale of 41 new taxi medallions for wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) at $10,000 at its monthly board meeting Tuesday morning.…

    • Dilworth Park fountain | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

June 28: Dilworth splash magic | Yards expansion | Peek inside Divine Lorraine apartments

On warm days Dilworth Park’s fountain is an irresistible interactive spot for the youngest Philadelphians and more than a few adults. In Hidden City Daily Thérèse d'Auria Ryley explores the urban…

    • One Water Street June 2016
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Don’t misunderstand One Water Street outcome: It’s a victory

PMC agreed to include 25 affordable housing units in its nearly finished waterfront development One Water Street, taking advantage of a density bonus allowing the project extra height in exchange for…

    • U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announces that Philadelphia is one of four cities to win his department’s “Every Place Counts” design challenge.

Philadelphia wins U.S. DOT design challenge to reduce impact of Vine Street Expressway on Chinatown/Callowhill

Flanked by local politicians, United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Monday that Philadelphia was one of four cities to win his Every Place Counts Challenge. Philly’s prize: a…

    • One Water Street, June 2016
    • Seymour Toll, June 2016 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

Learning from 'Zoned American'

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of New York City’s zoning code, the first time such a policy was implemented in America. Over the course of the 1920s, the trend swept the…

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June 23: Ride-hailing failing disabled riders | Transit-oriented development in Warminster | Bike cops > tanks

Philly won't be buying an armored tank for the DNC, reports Claire Sasko. Instead, Jim Kenney wants bike cops to direct and protect convention-goers down near the stadiums. In other bike…

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Unanswered NID/TIF questions for hotel project at 15th and Chestnut

Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) typically assess an additional fee for income-producing properties in particular areas to pay for special services. Does it make sense to use the revenue stream from NID…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge, PlanPhilly

DRPA authorizes second round of union contracts following Christie veto

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Such is the motto of the DRPA board these days, which once again authorized labor agreements with three of its unions. The…

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SEPTA stumbles across $33 million in savings, socks it away for a rainy day

A picture is worth a thousand words, but for SEPTA, videos are worth even more. The transit authority credits new cameras on its vehicles for dramatically reducing its lawsuit payments last…

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Senior housing proposed for new St. Rita's center on South Broad

Back in 2014, church leaders at St. Rita of Cascia, on South Broad just below Washington Avenue, unveiled a proposal for a new conference center building on the large vacant lot…

    • This summer SEPTA will renew and repave portions of the Route 10 trolley tracks

June 22: PA House loosens PPA residency requirement | Trolley Tunnel Blitz | Bus map reform

Someone on the Philadelphia Parking Authority board doesn't want to live in Philadelphia anymore, reports Cassie Owens, and they persuaded Rep. Scott Petri in Harrisburg to introduce a bill exempting…

    • Delaware River protected bike trail

Kenney transportation chief talks complete streets at Chamber forum

At Tuesday morning’s Roadmap for Growth forum on transportation and infrastructure policy, sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Mayor Clarena Tolson delivered remarks that sounded like they could’ve…

    • Broad Street mural

June 21: Broad Street beautification for DNC | AirBnB collecting hotel tax | Private development, public ownership

South Broad Street is getting all tarted up for the DNC, reports Julia Terruso. Mural Arts will install a temporary mural on the Broad Street median between City Hall and Washington…

    • Rhythm & Hues

‘The Oval’ pop-up park returns for a fourth year

The surface parking lot at Eakins Oval on Benjamin Franklin Parkway will once again become “The Oval” pop-up park this summer, the Department of Parks & Recreation announced earlier this month.…

    • Columbia Singing Society | © Bob Bruhin

From 'Main Street Modernism' to common fabric: 19 sites considered for historic designation

From prime examples of “Main Street Modernism” to common neighborhood rowhouse blocks, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on designation recommended last week that 19 properties be added to the Philadelphia Register…

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June 20: Councilmembers pushing PPA audit | Eastwick homes sinking | State water usage fee

Councilmembers Helen Gym and David Oh introduced a motion asking Controller Alan Butkovitz to audit the PPA for the first time since 2009 in Council's last session, but a majority of…

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