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    • Temple University area rentals

Clarke makes a new push to clean up neighborhoods around Temple

City Council President Darrell Clarke has been trying to clean up after Temple University students, and the landlords who rent to them, for years. His last effort, a proposed Neighborhood Improvement…

    • Willow Grove Ave Bridge corrosion, photo courtesy of the Streets Dept.

Councilman hopes to empower city to repair roads and bridges it doesn't own

Councilman David Oh introduced a bill in City Council on Thursday that would empower the Streets Department to repair and maintain roads, bridges, and other byways outside its traditional jurisdiction. The…

    • Roundabout

Where should MOTU build modern roundabouts?

A few months ago we noted that PennDOT and the city were looking for some locations to install some modern roundabouts using Automated Red Light Enforcement camera revenue. The news was…

    • Washington Ave

What makes Washington Avenue so dangerous?

As an addendum to Jim Saksa's update on the political mess around Washington Avenue lane restriping, here's what we know about the safety situation on that bustling main drag. There were…

    • The 550-foot stone-masonry retaining wall that separates the rear alley of houses along West Penn Street

$500K in repairs needed on East Falls retaining wall reflects citywide problem

Sections of a 550-foot-long retaining wall in East Falls built in the late 1920s are leaning, cracked, and unsafe, affecting the owners of 65 homes on either side of the wall.…

    • Wharton student Zachary Woods

From the Editor: Pedestrians need safer streets. Now!

I think of Zach Woods almost every day. The multiple car crash that took his life happened just seconds before I arrived at the intersection of Walnut Street and 30th Street…

    • Market East

Map: The most dangerous places for pedestrians in each City Council district

On Friday, we showed you ten of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians across Philadelphia, along with an interactive map courtesy of Daniel McGlone at Azavea. Today, we'll show you the…

    • Pedestrian Crash Locations

Azavea and PlanPhilly map Philly's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians

Since 2008, the number of Philadelphia pedestrians hit by cars has held steady at over 1,700 per year. The exact number has jumped around a bit from year to year, but…

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Logan Branch of Free Library gets green light for front facade improvements

A supplemented and revised application to constuct an ADA ramp and addition to the historically designated Logan Branch of the Free Library was reviewed and granted final approval by the Historical…

    • With more than 100 Silverliner Vs on track, regional rail advocates can focus more attention on passenger experience

SEPTA races to comply with federal law that other transit authorities ignore

SEPTA is on pace to meet a federal mandate to implement a safety system known as Positive Train Control (PTC) by the end of this year.  If it does, it will…

    • This is how 5101 Rochelle Ave. looked in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Former blighted Rochelle Ave. property on road to recovery

A Philadelphia court has denied a petition from the Wissahickon Interested Citizen's Association to appoint a conservator for what had been a rundown former pizza shop building in Roxborough.  Common Pleas…

    • 6th and Christian

Readers: Brave the snow and send us your sneckdown photos

If there's one upside to the looming blizzard, it's the opportunities that street snow reveals for traffic calming. Say what?  Check it out: When snow accumulates on the street, and cars…

    • suburban video wall

Next to arrive on all SEPTA platforms: real time ETA data

If all goes according to plan, riders will barely recognize SEPTA in two years. Like the protagonist of a 90’s teen movie, SEPTA is in the midst of transforming itself…

    • 5101 Rochelle Ave. in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Roxborough property owner faces conservatorship battle over once-neglected pizza shop

The dangerous conditions that resulted in Licenses & Inspections violations have been repaired. Delinquent taxes have been paid. And the owner of the property at 5101 Rochelle Avenue in Roxborough said…

    • A sea of emergency responders filled 22nd Street, as seen from the JFK Blvd. bridge.

Mayor creates board to oversee building safety

Mayor Michael Nutter announced on Tuesday that he has created a Building Safety Oversight Board to monitor implementation of the recommendations made by a Special Advisory Commission appointed in the wake…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Streetsplaining: Why resurfacing means a dozen days of dimpled roads

To bicyclists, road repaving feels a lot like pledging a fraternity: it’s a real pain in the ass for a bit and then three or four years of smooth sailing. And…

    • Mayor Nutter, Planning chief Alan Greenberger, developer Ken Weinstein and council member Cindy Bass

Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter

Last week, city council shelved a piece of legislation designed to patch a loophole in the zoning code that was exploited by, of all entities, the Nutter administration. The bill, introduced…

    • Protesters in front of 3342 Conrad St. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Abandoned-property owner tells East Falls protesters he'll demolish eyesore

The quintet of protestors from East Falls arrived on Black Walnut Lane in Plymouth Meeting just before noon Tuesday and immediately started distributing flyers to mailboxes and doorsteps along the mansion-lined…

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    • Civic groups from the area surrounding the EPPI site did not want to see the mid-century monolith turned into another social-services institution.(Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Agreement signed for state's $2M sale of EPPI site to NewCourtland

The next phase for the imposing building that had been Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls is underway — and it is not what the surrounding communities had in mind. A…

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