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October 22: Sliding doors for SEPTA | Center City's Millennial migration boom | Peopledelphia | Milkman's return

Councilman David Oh says a Korean company, TIS, Inc, wants to use Philadelphia as a demonstration project for sliding glass doors in rail stations that open when the train arrives. This could be the first step toward automated trains, like Line 1 in Paris, which has a similar set-up.

A new report from City Observatory finds Philly keeping pace with other large US cities in attracting Millennials, and Sam Wood points out that the number of Millennials with a Bachelor's degree or higher in Center City "ballooned by 78% between 2000 and 2010." As Pew has reported, Philly's Millennial population increased by 100,000 between 2006 and 2012.

Red-light cameras have reduced collisions and enhanced street safety in New Jersey, but the state's pilot program might not be renewed because of anti-enforcement politics. Some lawmakers' idea of "the little guy" winning entails sparing lawless motorists from paying tickets, rather than improved safety conditions for pedestrians.

GroJLart flags an underbuilt former KFC building on a huge lot at Broad and Bainbridge, and pleads for a larger, more appropriate redevelopment of the site.

A proposal from SEER for a mixed-use conversion of a former church met with resistance from the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association over street-facing surface parking

This "Veloloop" contraption attaches to your bike and turns lights green faster so you don't have to wait, sometimes.

Via Technically Philly, the Peopledelphia Instagram from Curalate's Brendan Lowry is a real treat. Similar to the popular Humans of New York site, it showcases the people of our city living, working, and being in the public space.

And if you didn't think the on-demand delivery economy could get any weirder, it turns out that the milkman is a thing once again.

About the author

Jon Geeting

Jon Geeting was Engagement Editor at Plan Philly from 2014-2016. He has also covered city and state politics, land use, transportation, and economic policy for Next City, Keystone Politics, This Old City, Philadelphia Magazine, and City Paper. Jon grew up in Bethlehem, PA and moved to Philadelphia in 2013 after an 11-year detour to New York City. Follow him on Twitter @jongeeting.



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