Articles Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:50:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[There’s no such thing as free parking in Philly, says economist who calculated how much off-street parking adds to housing prices]]> *In the audio above, Kevin Gillen is misidentified as a Drexel professor, but he is actually a "Senior Research Fellow." We regret the error. 

Parking is a perennially hot topic in…

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 18: Collecting stoops | PFOA health limit | Rizzo statue defaced]]> Police arrested a man suspected of spray-painting ‘black power’ on the statue of former mayor Frank Rizzo late Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Collecting stoops and stories: Hidden City Philadelphia checks…

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:27:01 -0400
<![CDATA[August 17: Rizzo statue sculptor | PHL $10M grant | Arch Street bones]]> Would the creator of the contested Rizzo statue do it again? WHYY’s Joe Hernandez talks with sculptor Zenos Frudakis about portraying the former mayor and his reactions to the calls for…

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Rebuild: we got your questions, now let's vote]]> After running on a slogan of "every neighborhood matters" as a mayoral candidate, Mayor Jim Kenney's administration developed Rebuild, an ambitious $500 million plan to remake public parks, rec centers, libraries…

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:15:17 -0400
<![CDATA[City seeks pre-trial dismissal of South Broad median parking lawsuit]]> The City of Philadelphia’s lawyers argue that a lawsuit to compel the ticketing of cars in the Broad Street median should be dismissed with prejudice.

Last month, urbanist advocacy group 5th…

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:14:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 16: ‘Remove Rizzo’ | No permits? No problem | NMTC review]]> Of monuments and men, memorials and public land sales in today’s news:

Following the events in Charlottesville, Councilmember Helen Gym calls for the removal of the Frank Rizzo statue outside the…

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Preservation of historic resources will be a priority as Rebuild develops list of projects]]> As the Rebuild initiative moves forward this fall, the preservation of historic buildings in the target areas will be a priority.

“We don’t know yet which buildings will be historic preservation…

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Camera shy: Union opposed to SEPTA plan to video monitor employees]]> SEPTA’s largest union is vowing to fight a proposal for live video monitoring of the transit authority’s employees.

Representatives from Transport Workers Union Local 234 will meet with management this week…

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 15: Median matters | ‘Camingerly’ | Rail Park drone footage]]> The battle over median parking on South Broad rages on: the Philadelphia Citizen’s Roxanne Patel Shepelavy sheds light on some of the perspectives at play, including the percentage of Philadelphians…

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:21:13 -0400
<![CDATA[August 14: Respect | Public-private paratransit | Housing right-to-counsel]]> Business owners and longtime residents in Brewerytown agree that respect is a key factor for the rapidly changing neighborhood, Keystone Crossroads’ Annette John-Hall writes. John-Hall discusses how Girard Avenue, an unspoken…

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:12:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 11: Planning like ecologists | Colliding development goals | “All the Light You See”]]> Smoke from a Bucks County scrap metal fire floats to Brooklyn and skips Philly, but how? This and other news to start your day:

As development and housing prices rise in…

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Q&A: The last word from Amy Laura Cahn, veteran lawyer for urban farmers]]> In one of the final sessions before the summer recess, City Council adopted a resolution honoring Amy Laura Cahn, a lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center. Cahn was praised…

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[After hundreds accidentally get multiple Key cards, SEPTA takes a step to fix confusing kiosks]]> SEPTA is taking a tentative step towards improving the user interfaces on its new fare card kiosks, piloting a new set of screens at its headquarters. If the user experience (UX)…

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:55:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 10: Louis Kahn’s yearbook | Waste on the radio | Guerrilla Cartography]]> Zero waste and litter on the air, wastewater agreement in Delaware and water cartographic flair in today’s news.

The trash talk continues, this time on the airwaves. On WHYY’s Radio Times…

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:14:43 -0400
<![CDATA[Parish the thought: Lawncrest neighbors fight plan to replace church building with Royal Farms]]> The venerable Trinity Oxford Church, in Northeast Philadelphia’s Lawncrest section, wants to lease roughly half of its land for a new Royal Farms gas station and fried chicken emporium. The proposal…

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:55:38 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphians rally to protect limits on power plants carbon emissions]]>

Almost two years ago, on August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency set carbon dioxide emission limits for new fossil fuel-fired power plants for the first time. Plant emissions represent about…

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:37:03 -0400
<![CDATA[August 9: Data for Black Lives | Not in Philly | Fireflies]]> Data science, representative leadership, and whimsical lanterns on the parkway in this morning’s news:

Founded by an organizer and a mathematician, Data for Black Lives aims to mobilize “data scientists, software…

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:28:02 -0400
<![CDATA[August 8: Parking permit cap-and-trade | Nic Esposito Q+A | SEPTA station art]]> The intersection of art and public space, achieving parking peace, and “zero starts with one” in today’s news roundup:

“Increasing parking minimums won’t work to reduce tight curb parking,” writes Jon…

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Aug 7: Soda tax killed bakery? | Philly water testing | Tax the rich to fix subway]]> “The soda tax was the kill shot” to Overbrook bakery CC Orlando & Sons, according to the family business's owners. The Orlando family tells the Inquirer’s Michael Klein that “business…

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:29:50 -0400