Articles Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:34:24 -0400 en <![CDATA[Freight trains using Regional Rail lines threaten to keep SEPTA from full Positive Train Control compliance]]> SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel took a moment to boast Tuesday afternoon while participating in an American Public Transportation Association conference call with national press on the efforts of commuter railroads…

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:34:24 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Free Streets: Enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, beach lovers — but not drivers]]>

Cyclists, walkers, children and dogs were happy to take over the four-lane expanse of North Broad Street during Philly Free Streets on Saturday. The event, in its third year, is a…

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:23:15 -0400
<![CDATA[Art Museum summer program caters to young Modernists]]>

For the next 10 weeks, the second floor east balcony of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — which arguably has the best view of the Parkway in the city — will…

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:11:08 -0400
<![CDATA[A hotter topic: Building heat resilience into multifamily housing]]> Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades. Since May, the city…

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[A walking tour of North Broad, ahead of this year's Philly Free Streets event]]> Many organizations and people are behind this year’s Philly Free Streets event.

The city goes “car free” on Broad Street from City Hall all the way up to Butler Avenue in…

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:48:31 -0400
<![CDATA[To vanquish food waste, a competition aims to design and compost]]>

To the uninitiated, it sounds simple enough: Design a cheap, urban-friendly composting device that works at a neighborhood scale — something bigger than a backyard composting bin, but smaller than a commercial system…

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Parking Authority chief Petri offers up a sweeping legislative agenda for change]]>

Sitting at a conference table, sporting a tie emblazoned with lines from the U.S. Constitution and a likeness of Independence Hall, Scott Petri began an interview with a warning for the…

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Floating a solution to Philadelphia's parking-space quandary]]>

Philadelphia has a parking problem. At face value, we have a tremendous number of spots: 2,172,896 at the most recent count. However, an absolute number is meaningless. Who cares about…

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:40:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Facade work refreshes 30th Street Station as Amtrak shops its commercial-district plan]]>

When Pennsylvania Railroad moved its headquarters from Broad Street to 30th Street Station upon its completion in 1935, the shift was seen as an attempt to move Philadelphia’s downtown to the…

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[What a walk along Germantown Avenue reveals: Tough going for pedestrians]]>

Kelli McIntyre stood in light rain on Germantown Avenue, holding a clipboard and watching as car after car ignored a “Do Not Enter” sign and turned up a small street called Ashmead Place.

“Somebody just went the…

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Now that court has ruled, a resurgent Rebuild selects Harrowgate playground for rehab]]>

In the background of a Monday press conference at Heitzman Playground in Harrowgate, where city officials announced another site for Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative, a slogan painted on the old…

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The high cost of being broke: Transportation]]>

On the 11th floor of a Center City office building, Rian Franks and Jacqueline Chapman sit just a few feet away from each other.

Both travel from West Philadelphia. But the…

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:30:43 -0400
<![CDATA[Grays Ferry's long-closed Lanier Playground reopens, with new hope and new purpose]]>

Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, Lanier Playground had been closed since 2005, but memories of when it brimmed with activity stayed alive in longtime neighborhood residents. You’d hear stories…

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Free Streets, Part 3, moves to North Broad on Aug. 11]]> Philadelphia is shutting down North Broad Street, Saturday, August 11, to show off the major artery.

This third edition of Philly Free Streets will close the street to cars from 8…

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:41:40 -0400
<![CDATA[Implicit in tackling racial biases, an expert says: Knowing the history]]>

The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on 17th Street hosted racial-sensitivity training for about 50 front-line employees Thursday after a hotel staff member wrote a three-letter slur against those of Japanese ancestry…

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[With Labor Day just ahead, Philly makes block-party permit seekers work harder]]> Philly loves a good block party.

Philadelphia is the block-party capital of America, holding more of them than any other peer city, according to a 2013 Philadelphia City Paper article.…

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Disturbing discovery at Weccacoe Playground: A black doll, hanging from a noose]]>

Police were called out Thursday to investigate an apparent hate crime at a South Philadelphia playground where neighbors organized to honor a historic African-American burial ground sitting just beneath the asphalt.…

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Rain, rain flows away, no longer puddles at Malcolm X Park]]> As happens on many blocks around the city, heavy rains used to turn the southeast corner of Malcolm X Memorial Park in West Philadelphia into a deep puddle. Water flowed down…

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The state of art galleries is changing in Philly’s Old City]]>

The Rodger LaPelle Galleries in Philadelphia’s Old City was considered knowledgeable, generous, and reasonably lucrative — but not terribly well organized.

After four decades of buying, selling, trading, storing, championing, critiquing,…

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:09:32 -0400
<![CDATA[In Philly, planners increasingly want to talk with you, not at you]]> Public planning meetings can be contentious, to say the least.

Randy LoBasso would know. As the communications director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, he attends a lot of these…

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:16:00 -0400