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    • Dalia Burgos and her son Albert walk to Lewis Elkin School in Kensington.

New ‘Safe Corridors’ program brings parent patrols to opioid-plagued Kensington

Every school day, Dalia Burgos of Kensington walks her three children to school. The short walk has become a time for learning, but not in the way that Burgos would ever…

    • The structure at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown, as it appeared after the June collapse.

Fatal Brewerytown building collapse was `a tragic workplace accident,' L&I commissioner says

Five weeks after the Brewerytown building collapse that killed 59-year-old contractor Harvey Figgs, the city Department of Licenses and Inspections has found no violation of Philadelphia’s safety or demolition regulations on…

    • Family members react at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.

The $50,000 fight to get speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Latanya Byrd’s eyes still well up when she talks about July 16, 2013. “It was a beautiful day,” she says. Her niece, Samara Banks, posted photos online of her four children…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Forcing small business owners to remove protective barriers endangers public safety, does not make our communities better

Since 2000, my parents have operated a small family business in North Philadelphia, where we live and work. My parents, refugees who survived genocide in Cambodia to come to this country,…

    • Bicyclists forming a

After cyclist’s death, protesters form “human-protected bike lane” to demand long-delayed street safety improvements

Around 100 cyclists and traffic safety activists formed a human bike lane this morning near the site where a 24-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a privately operated garbage truck…

    • horse fountain

No horsin’ around: L+I board upholds sanctions against carriage company

The old-fashioned buggies that pull tourists around Philadelphia’s historic sites are a staple of Old City and Independence Mall. But there may soon be far fewer horses prancing the city streets,…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Four reasons why Philadelphia is gentrifying

Should the city’s politicians ever come to a consensus on what to do about gentrification, a new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia offers guidance on how to address…

    • buffered bike lane chestnut

City Councilwoman trying to turn West Philly 'buffered bike lanes' temporary

The first parking-protected bike lane in Philadelphia has been dedicated, but a City Councilwoman is stirring up controversy.  The protected bike lane re-organizes Chestnut Street between 45th and 33rd streets. Instead…

    • SEPTA accident inspectors look over the NHSL train that crashed into the train in front of it at 69th Street

NHSL trains collide at 69th Street Station, 42 injured

All 42 people on board a SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) train were injured when it crashed early Tuesday morning at the 69th Street Station.  The train collided with an empty train…

    • SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel announces debut of SEPTA Transit Watch APP

SEPTA debuts new mobile app allowing riders to text tips to transit police

SEPTA introduced a new app this morning to advance its “see something, say something” safety campaign. The SEPTA Transit Watch app will allows riders to “to discretely report safety and security…

    • Water main replacement at S. Carlisle St. in South Philadelphia

Neighbors in River Wards convene panel of experts over lead poisoning concerns

Concerned by recent reports on the dangers of lead poisoning from contaminated soil, dust, and old plumbing, residents in Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss ways of…

    • Jane Jacobs at home in Toronto

Eyes on the Regression Line: Jane Jacobs undergoes a statistic analysis

What led a statistics PhD from Harvard to replicate the work of a journalist who never finished college? Shane Jensen, now a professor at the Wharton School of Business, first read…

    • Jake Liefer and his PAC, 5th Square, are suing to stop parking in the median on South Broad Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Courting driver fury, group sues PPA to end median parking on Broad

In South Philadelphia, the median of the Broad Street thoroughfare is usually full of parked cars. It’s a long-standing tradition in these densely packed rowhouse neighborhoods, one that provokes astonishment and…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Sharrows are symbols that remind drivers and cyclists to share the lane.

Council considering bills to cut taxes on affordable housing, add short 15th Street bike lane

The final City Council session in May proved to be a quiet affair, with multiple presentations and photo ops dominating the proceedings. Here are a few highlights from the otherwise quiescent…

    • Delaware River protected bike trail

Vision Zero Action Plan: A Modest Proposal

On Tuesday the City of Philadelphia released a draft of its Vision Zero Action Plan, a three-year roadmap for the first leg of a long march towards zero traffic fatalities.…

    • SEPTA crash at 69th Street Station, February 21, 2017 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

Councilman Johnson calls for safety hearings on SEPTA

Citing SEPTA’s string of sidelined rail cars, Tuesday’s derailment of a pair of out-of-service Market-Frankford Line trains, and a trolley collision in January, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution at Thursday’s…

    • Radar Speed Sign

Bill to give local cops speedometers on Harrisburg's radar

In Pennsylvania, local cops are armed with all sorts of guns. The standard issue at many police departments includes both a .40 caliber Glock pistol and a stun gun. Members of…

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