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    • Litter and illegal dumping household trash.

Council supports city’s zero waste goal, but would like it sooner

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…

    • Walnut Street Bridge cyclist | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

City will replace delineator posts on Walnut Street Bridge bike lane

Like a phoenix from its ashes — or perhaps some lego towers from a toy chest — the delineator posts buffering the bike lane on the Walnut Street Bridge shall rise…

    • 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…

    • This 9-cubic yard truck needs to be tipped more often but it is small enough to maneuver the tight South Philadelphia Streets. February 13th, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Waste Not: Philadelphia's route to better recycling

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…

    • 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…

    • Clarena Tolson (left), Michael Carroll (center) and Carlton Williams (right, AP)

City announces familiar faces to leadership posts at Streets and OTIS

The Mayor’s Office announced the appointment of a handful of familiar faces to new leadership positions at the City’s Streets Department and Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) on Monday.…

    • 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

Today, for nearly two hours, City Council grilled the lone witness testifying before the Streets and Services Committee. Councilman Al Taubenberger pressed on technical intricacies and questioning outcomes across in a…

    • 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…

    • milled street before paving

Is your street next? The list of streets to be repaved next week

With the regularity of the Jersey Shore’s tides, I get an email every Friday from the Philadelphia Streets Department with this headline: STREET IMPROVEMENT WORK SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF [NEXT…

    • Milled street before paving

Will your street get repaved? Check out this week’s resurfacing list

Every Friday, the Philadelphia Streets Department releases a list of roads it plans to resurface starting the next week. Usually, PlanPhilly tries to come up with some sort of lighthearted and…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Is your potholed-filled street on the list? Repaving seasons rolls on

It’s a springtime Friday in Philadelphia, which means callow lovers are making reservations at La Viola, cultured skinflints are planning First Friday gallery hops, and pop-up proprietors are wondering if it’ll…

    • Streets Department Budget Hearing (From L to R: Dep. Comm. of Sanitation Carlton Williams, Comm. Donald Carlton, Dept. Comm. of Trans. Mike Carroll, Dep. Comm. of Admin. Christopher Newman)

Council largely skips Streets Department budget hearing

City Council had few pointed questions for the Streets Department brass at yesterday’s budget hearing. Instead, two less critical questions of the same flavor dominated: How can my district get more…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Is your street on the list? Paving season rolls on

In theory, it’s spring right now. Sure, it’s been cold and overcast all week, but as far as calendars are concerned: springtime. Spring is a time for renewal and remaking. It’s…

    • Milled road reveals trolley track and cobblestone street buried below the asphalt.

Philadelphia Streets Department announces second round of road resurfacing

As the weather heats up, so too does construction on all manner of projects. Not least of which is street resurfacing. As PlanPhilly reported last week, Philadelphia Streets Department restarted…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Philadelphia’s getting new protected bike lanes. Here’s where.

Thanks to $300,000 in federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds recently awarded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and another $200,000 expected to come from PennDOT, the Philadelphia Streets…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Is your street on the list? Street paving season kicks off this week

Despite Tuesday’s unseasonable cold, spring is here and with it comes street paving season. The Philadelphia Streets Department released its first set of targets for resurfacing late last week. Work will…

    • Moyamensing

After the storm: what to do with the 'sneckdown' intersections

Another snowstorm, another flurry of stories about "sneckdowns"—the horrible-sounding portmanteau of "snow" and "neckdown." Our colleague Marielle Segarra at Keystone Crossroads published an explainer on the phenomenon Monday, noting…

    • Spaces, Photo by David Swift Photography

Parking Authority Director wants higher fines for parking in snow routes

The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Executive Director had some choice words Tuesday for the 200 or so Philadelphians who left their cars parked on emergency snow routes as winter storm Jonas dumped…

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