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    • Project H.O.M.E. Outreach Response Worker Sam Santiago, center, assisting a homeless man sleeping under a bridge in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Keystone Crossroads: Some Pa. cities' laws against sleeping outside may be unconstitutional

At least 50 Pennsylvania municipalities legislate against sleeping or camping in public places. The municipalities are among an untold number of places nationwide where officials should be on notice, some say,…

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Temple Profs: UberX lowers DUI deaths

Does the expansion of ride-hailing services like UberX reduce drunk driving? According to two Temple professors, the answer is yes, and for the first time, they have the rigorous numbers to…

    • Strawberry Mansion damage

How tailgaters run amok at Historic Strawberry Mansion

There are seven historic house museums in the City of Philadelphia and each one has a unique history. These houses are the city’s link to its historic past. One of these…

    • Walking distances, times (at 'senior' pace of 1 mph)

NJ officials announce Papal visit transportation plans

When Pope Francis comes to town, the Garden State will look like anything but the Garden of Eden. More than 100,000 private vehicles, and perhaps as many as 250,000, are expected…

    • Yuri Zalzman, who has operated the Gun Range the past three years, wants to sell firearms from his shooting range / Bobby Allyn for PlanPhilly

Arguments continue over Spring Garden shooting range's right to supply and sell arms

Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment didn’t make a decision today over whether a gun shop can open in a shooting range close to Spring Garden Street, but the debate previewed what…

    • The Gun Range is located at North Percy and Spring Garden streets. Neighbors have protested that the facility should not be allowed to sell guns. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Community groups push back against plan for gun shop in Spring Garden area

A proposal to open a gun shop near Philadelphia's Spring Garden Street is confronting a growing resistance from neighbors and community groups. The plan calls for selling weapons inside an existing…

    • member robert sumwalt on the scene of the amtrak train 188 derailment in philadelphia pa flickr photo sharing

Unlike most railroads, SEPTA and Amtrak on pace to implement Positive Train Control by end of year deadline

The Federal Railroad Administration released a status report on implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) safety technologies in advance of a December 31, 2015 deadline set by Congress. The status report…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Transit Papal Visit Map

SEPTA to hold online lottery for Papal Regional Rail passes Aug. 3rd

Should I pray to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, or Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of gamblers? That’s the question devout Catholics hoping to take SEPTA Regional Rail…

    • Philly Closed

Papal event consultants confirming Ben Franklin Bridge closure, seeking I-95 shutdown and expanded security perimeter

We'll have a proper report out of this morning's Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting later on today, but first, let's get to the latest news on the Papal visit. Michael…

    • Some crosswalk buttons are placebos. (Jim Saksa/PlanPhily)

Streetsplainer: Do crosswalk buttons do anything?

Is it control you have, or just the illusion of control? When temperatures spike across Pennsylvania, many office drones, complaining about rigid dress codes and vacationing bosses, will turn to their…

    • Pope Francis

PPA executive reveals Papal plans: 700,000 on the parkway, security perimeter around Center City, SEPTA bus suspensions and more

Philadelphians thinking about renting out their homes for the Pope’s weekend visit on September 26th and 27th might want to consider tacking on that Friday: That’s when the most—if not all—of…

    • A Google Maps image shows 1140 S. 24th St. before it was demolished. (Photo via GoogleMaps)

Philly L&I chief defends demolition without permit

Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams is defending his decision last year to allow a contractor to tear down a decaying South Philadelphia building without a demolition permit. New rules…

    • Ultrasonic device

Cheap ultrasonic device could help Philly police enforce PA's safe passing law

Bicycle advocacy groups have enjoyed a string of successes pushing state legislatures around the country to adopt safe passing laws, but getting those laws enforced is hard, both for political and…

    • Panel at Speak Easy Forum

Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure: A recap and resource kit

Under pressure. So describes the state of Philadelphia’s streets, where the competing interests of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and delivery trucks often boil over into shouting matches and recriminations. As with anything…

    • Top 12 Crash Sites for pedestrians

Bicycle Coalition joins PlanPhilly/Azavea in naming city's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians [map]

By all appearances, N. Fifth St. and Olney Ave. resembles many of the city's commercial corridors, with automobile and foot traffic meeting amid shops aplenty. When either Cherelle Parker or Kevin…

    • SEPTA Stations Providing Service During Papal Visit

Secret Service calling shots for (but saying little else about) Papal Visit

If you’ve been frustrated with the lack of details so far about road closures and other transportation disruptions to expect during the Papal Visit in September, there is one agency to…

    • Mayor Nutter at Papal Visit Transportation Conference

Is Philadelphia underestimating how many will come to see Pope Francis?

Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of the Families, described Pope Francis as comforting during today’s press conference on public transportation options when the Holy Father visits on September…

    • Speed Cushion (Before markings added)

Streetsplainer: Why does that speed hump have gaps?

If you live in Northeast or Northwest Philly, you might have noticed some new speed humps with little gaps in them. They’re called speed cushions. “Why would they put a few…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Cyclists, pedestrians lack a good crash reporting system

Jake Liefer was getting his morning workout in, bicycling down Gray’s Ferry Avenue towards 34th street, when it happened. Liefer, 30, was heading straight past a gas station. Low on gas,…

    • Share the road, show respect / OnePoll Data Hub

Confession of a mad biker: From now on I’m taking the high road

Last night, I was biking home. I was heading down Spruce, towards my turn at 17th, when a black Porsche decided waiting at the light at 15th wasn’t for him. Time…

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