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    • Great Dane Lucian meets bull dog puppy Beau

July 27: Hidden Fairmount | Less Park, Less Drive | Pupside to Gentrification

Need plans for the weekend? Don't worry: Curbed has got you covered with  a list of 17 hidden gems of Fairmount Park. Angie Schmitt over at Streetsblog has the skinny on…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

As Philadelphia’s housing market booms, economists warn the city may be in a bubble—or something worse

Stephanie Somers knows how to throw a party. At an open house for a set of townhouses built out the shell of an 105-year-old rectory, the realtor picked a Prohibition theme.…

    • PATCO entrance

Going up: PATCO to build elevators at six stations

The DRPA board authorized a $31 million, four year project to install eight elevators in six PATCO stations at its monthly board meeting Wednesday. The project will make all PATCO stations…

    • Fliers along Lombard Street in Fitler Square looking for witnesses of a recent car crash that injured a cyclist

Hundreds pack Fitler Square school auditorium to disagree over proposed protected bike lane pilot

City residents gathered Monday evening in Fitler Square to fight over what may be the neighborhood’s most precious commodity: space. Curb-to-curb, Lombard and South Street both sit just 26-feet wide.* On…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

Led by Uber, ride-hailing companies meet wheelchair accessibility threshold

When Uber and Lyft began operations in Philadelphia, most passengers rejoiced as taxi drivers and owners cried. The new competition meant lower prices, a boon for most consumers and bust for…

    • Conceptual rendering of Drexel Square at JFK Boulevard

Community leaders hopeful as Brandywine and Penn Medicine commit to local and minority hiring for upcoming projects

Philadelphia’s leaders gathered Tuesday under the gilded trim of the Mayor’s reception room in City Hall to celebrate a job well done on work that’s yet to begin. Joined by city…

    • Vision Zero Action Plan: Current conditions of Philadelphia street safety

Council President Clarke calls for Vision Zero implementation plan, despite existence of city’s Vision Zero Action Plan

In response to the death of Peter Javsicas, a multimodal transportation advocate who was hit by a driver on Tuesday while walking on the sidewalk near 16th Street and John…

    • 16th and JFK Boulevard, June 14, 2017

Advocate for multimodal transportation killed in crash at 16th and JFK

Peter Javsicas, a beloved figure in Philadelphia’s small world of transportation engineers and planners and Mt. Airy resident, died Tuesday evening of injuries sustained after a motorist jumped the sidewalk curb…

    • Taxi | Emma Lee / WHYY

Taxicabs’ lawsuit against PPA survives legal challenge, seeks $558 million in damages

A lawsuit by more than 130 medallion taxicab companies against the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) alleging a violation of the companies’ constitutional rights survived a preliminary motion to dismiss on Monday.…

    • Sign for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Primos Station

SEPTA considering suicide prevention barriers for City Hall Station subway platforms

Thirteen. It’s a number to avoid. Thirteen is bad luck. For SEPTA, thirteen is worse than that. In five of the last six years, 13 people died after being hit by…

    • John Dodds, of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, calls for reverse commute assistance for city residents during a press conference at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallies for more reverse commuting funds

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) held a City Hall rally Monday morning to urge City Council to supply more funds for it reverse commuting ride-share program. At the rally, Fourth District…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge, PlanPhilly

June 1: Driverless trucks means jobless drivers | Uber crashes | That chime Cret | Puttin’ (a tower) on the Ritz

Our thoughts and prayers are with Councilman David Oh and his family. Oh was stabbed last night in an apparent robbery attempt. A new report from the International Transport Forum focuses…

    • taxi philly city hall

PPA expands taxi flat rate zone for airport trips

On Wednesday morning, the PPA board authorized an expansion of the flat rate zone for taxi trips between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport. The PPA will need to change the…

    • Aerial view of SEPTA's Callowhill facility, 2017 | Google Maps

SEPTA sees the light, OKs solar panels on maintenance facility rooftops

The sky was dark and cloudy outside, but there was nothing but sunshine inside SEPTA’s board room Thursday as the agency approved a contract to install photovoltaic solar panels on the…

    • Cycling Free Streets, 2016 | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

    • 30th Street station Regional Rail platform | A. Leonard Pundt

SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?

SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

    • brookings cover

Brookings report calls for more local investment to unleash 'innovation district' potential

Before a room packed with Philadelphia’s business elites Thursday morning, Brookings Institution researchers described the city as standing on the precipice of greatness. All it will take is a little leap…

    • Indego | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Indego Bike Share turns two, celebrates 1.2 million rides with new stations in Fishtown, South Philly and Center City

On Thursday, Indego celebrated its second birthday and was showered with a dozen new stations, 200 new bikes and a $930,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to support community outreach…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

Council considers how to encourage electric vehicle ownership after suspending previous program

City Council held hearings Monday to solicit ideas for encouraging electric vehicle (EV) ownership in Philadelphia. The hearings came a month after Council pulled the plug on the city’s previous program…

    • Proposed path for the Route 49 bus

SEPTA hears criticism of proposed bus route through University City

SEPTA’s proposed Route 49 bus represents a potential transportation gold rush, supporting residential real estate in Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry by linking those neighborhoods with job-rich University City. But, just…

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