Articles Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:57:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[August 31: Blackwell pulls food truck bill | PA's broken assessment system | PopeRide gains steam]]> PA, NJ, and DE are the only three states that don't require property reassessments on a regular timetable. Emily Previti at Keystone Crossroads says the average time period between county-initiated…

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Your PhillyPlans: Washington Ave restriping public meeting, Forgotten Chestnut Street walking tour, PennApps XII]]> Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important events from our events page . Hosting an event? Submit it here and we’ll…]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:07:14 -0400 <![CDATA[Spotted: The Porch gets its swings]]>

Every great porch should have a swing, and at long last The Porch is getting its very own set.

If you pop by The Porch at 30th Street Station this week…

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:04:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Sinkholes, another byproduct of Philly's aging infrastructure]]> James Stuckey is a deliveryman at Franco's Pizza at the corner of Tulip and East Huntingdon Streets in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood.

Here's how he described the giant fissure that spontaneously spread…

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:06:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 28: L&I has 'money to burn' | Pope rail tickets | Pittsburgh bike garage | Rethinking traffic | Department of Making + Doing closing | #prayersforthecity | PWD rap]]> Some news for a sweet late-summer Friday:

An investigation by the controller’s office found L&I is treating construction site safety like an overtime gravy train. “There’s money to burn,” a supervisor…

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:25:07 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA announces bus route changes for papal visit, still has regional rail passes available]]>

We know what you’ve been thinking. “Hey, it’s been, like, two days since I saw a new papal visit map! What gives?”

Have no fear, dear reader: SEPTA’s got you.


Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 27: Property assessment data release | L&I demo trouble | 4224 Baltimore timeline | One Water getting retail | Pricy Philly | EAT Cafe]]> Here's what we're reading today:

Property assessment data is now up on Open Data Philly.  It will be updated twice weekly. Sadly this is only OPA data, not Revenue Department…

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:21:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Historical Commission to consider revived plans for development at 2nd and Arch]]>

Another stalled development project in Old City is being revived, this time at 218 Arch Street.

The site borders on historic Little Boy’s Court, which might be the oldest cobblestone street…

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:31:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Owners of Mt. Airy's Earth Bread + Brewery expand to Spring Garden]]> Construction is under way at 1720 Fairmount Avenue in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, where Mt. Airy's Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver of Earth Bread + Brewery plan to open…

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:09:23 -0400
<![CDATA[California startup organizing more charter bus trips to Philly for papal visit]]> RYDE, a California startup company founded less than a year ago, announced last week that it will provide shuttle transportation services from nearby cities to Philadelphia for the papal mass on…

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[PPA approves fourteen more wheelchair accessible taxis]]> The Philadelphia Parking Authority board voted to approve the sale of fourteen more wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) taxis.

These were part of the 50 WAV medallions purchased at auction earlier this year.…

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:18:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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,…

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:17:38 -0400
<![CDATA[August 26: Pope tour | City Hall's banner ad | D'Oh! | New York - Philly migrations | Barton Hall demo | National Parks themed Flower Show | Popsicle test]]> Happy Wednesday:

Just what is on the official Philadelphia tour for the 5000+ members of the media who will flock here when Pope Francis visits? Mike Newall caught up with Edward…

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 25: 52nd St vending upgrades | Terry Egger | Embrace Papal visit | Oil emergency tips | Kensington sinkhole | Highway money for bike/ped infrastructure]]> Some morning reads for your Tuesday:

Along 52nd Street the long tradition of informal sidewalk vending is becoming more official. Flying Kite explains that the Commerce Department worked with the vendors…

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:42:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Historic 40th & Pine house meets the wrecking ball]]>

First, the building on the southwest corner of 40th and Pine streets was a private home for a rich Philadelphian. Then it was a residence for sick elderly people. Later, when…

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:42:57 -0400
<![CDATA[Streetsplainer update: Turns out a SEPTA predecessor used double-decker buses]]> Ok, so this isn’t so much an update as the correction of an oversight from last week’s Streetsplainer on why SEPTA doesn’t use double decker buses.

Reader Ira Schreiber of…

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:42:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 24: Bike-transit plan | Pope construction prep | Divine Lorraine's draw | Oval season over | Market Square | Road Diet explainer]]> The last week of August is upon us. Make it a good one. Meantime, your Monday morning reads:

As Philly’s transit ridership and bicycling rates keep climbing, SEPTA is trying to…

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:18:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[DRPA Dispatch: Johnny Doc laments PA-NJ imbalance; BFB gets plans for the pope and a fence but not a pope fence]]> John Dougherty Jr., business manager for IBEW Local 98, is a colorful guy and a Philly guy. 

Dougherty, better known as Johnny Doc, occasional sits in on the DRPA board meetings…

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:01:00 -0400