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    • Off the Beaten Path

Salting to avoid an icy night? Choose your deicer wisely

Today’s wintry mix will turn to ice as temperatures drop tonight, which means it’s time to clear and treat your sidewalk so it doesn’t become treacherous to traverse. But you might…

    • Diagram of proposed typical N. American Street cross section

Time’s a ticking on TIGER grant funded projects held up by American Street redesign

The clock is ticking on a project to transform North American Street in Kensington from a barren industrial roadway into a verdant, commercial avenue. If the city doesn’t meet rapidly approaching…

    • Milled street before paving

Potholes a thing of the past? Mayor Kenney calls for $174 million for increase to paving budget

In his budget address last week, Mayor Jim Kenney called for $174 million in capital funds for street repaving over the next 6 years. The plan is to ramp up to…

    • 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.…

    • The Dirt Factory community composting facility in University City | Ryan Collerd

Composting in Philadelphia: Where we are and where we are going

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

City officials optimistic that 2017 will bring smoother, safer streets

Conversations about how Philadelphians should share the city’s roads often feel like a traffic jam: Tense, angry, and going nowhere fast. Little old ladies turn into virulent vulgarians, and Earth-worshipping vegan…

    • Parking in bike lanes

Dozens gather to debate protected bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets

On Tuesday night, less than one percent of the residents in Washington West showed up to a neighborhood association meeting, nominally to hear a presentation about protected bike lanes. In actuality,…

    • Baltimore Crossing at 48th Street and Baltimore Ave
Eyes on the Street

Seeking refuge in pedestrian spaces on Baltimore Ave

What a difference a dozen huge, ceramic planters can make. Midway through 2013, residents of West Philadelphia’s Cedar Park neighborhood noticed that the intersection of 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue had…

    • Some day these stairs from the South Street Bridge will connect to a new trail segment extending southward to Christian Street.

Schuylkill River Trail extension to Christian Street fully funded, as Philadelphia wins $4.6 million in state transportation grants

PennDOT announced the award of its Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) grants late last week, and Philadelphia will get four totaling $4.6 million. The MTF was created in 2013 by Act 89,…

    • Dumpster alley, EOTS Flickr Group

Squilla proposes banning new dumpsters in Center City

It’s been a big year for trash receptacles in Philadelphia. First came the nationally recognized dumpster pool phenomena that briefly won the city nationwide notoriety, which then was swiftly banned by…

    • Ditches are not potholes according to the Streets Department's categorization of road defects.

They’re just like you: Council gripes about potholes, but Philly streets may start looking better soon

For nearly two hours, City Council grilled the lone witness testifying before the Streets and Services Committee today. Councilman Al Taubenberger pressed on technical intricacies and what would happen across a…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

Despite big crowds, first Philly Free Streets falls short of city’s stated goals

On Saturday, thousands of Philadelphians on bike and foot crowded South Street, attracted by the road’s closure to automobiles for Philly Free Streets. Children skipped, couples strolled, and bicyclists noted the…

    • Washington Ave - where bike lanes have worn away

Broad coalition forms Vision Zero Alliance to push Kenney on street safety [updated]

Philadelphia should be number one in a race to number zero, says a newly formed coalition of runners, cyclists, motorists, health care providers, business leaders and environmentalists advocating for the implementation…

    • Crash on Henry Avenue at West Queen Lane (file) | NewsWorks

East Falls asks PennDOT for 'radical' changes to make Henry Avenue safer

In East Falls, a long controversy around a very short stretch of road is reaching its crescendo.   Back in 2012, PennDOT released an initial report for improving safety along the…

    • View from the Ferry

Philly goes TIGER grant-less for first time, Camden scores $16.2 million

Philadelphia’s TIGER win streak is over. During the Nutter Administration, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities had an unparalleled run at winning Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, securing…

    • West Philly block parties

Mapping 10 years of Philadelphia block parties

Philadelphia is a block party city. Take a stroll around any Philly neighborhood on a weekend afternoon in the summer, and you'll probably spot more than one. The city offers residents…

    • Crane Arts Building, Phillytrax

City advances redesign for North American Street, including 28-foot wide bioswale

North American Street could become the city’s premiere example of a green street, using the road’s expansive width to soak up stormwater with a 28-foot wide bioswale running up the center…

    • The wide, high-traffic Boulevard poses a challenge to pedestrians

Rep. Taylor, AAA, and others rally for speed enforcement via radar and cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Tuesday morning’s press conference in a dollar store parking lot on Roosevelt Boulevard attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers. The event, called to rally support for a new bill to…

    • Parking on South Broad Street | Steve Ives, Flickr
Eyes on the Street

Dear PennDOT: Save us from ourselves and remove South Broad’s parking median, permanently

As Philly gets ready to host Democrats, the city is tidying up. On South Broad that means a mural and parking ban for the center median. PlanPhilly transportation reporter Jim Saksa…

    • Popen Streets

Open Streets announced for South Street and MLK Drive on Sept. 24

A slightly coy Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson spilled the beans about the city’s Open Streets plan to the Bella Vista Neighborhoods Association Tuesday evening. Tolson, who didn’t want to reveal…

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