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    • New swings at The Porch
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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…

    • Workers examine a sinkhole in Kensington. (Bobby Allyn/WHYY)

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…

    • 676 Construction | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
    • SEPTA Bus Routes and walking distances

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. At…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

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…

    • 218 Arch | Stephen Varenhorst Architects

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…

    • Construction is under way at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

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…

    • Pope Francis

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…

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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.…

    • Project H.O.M.E. Outreach Response Worker Sam Santiago, center, assisting a homeless man sleeping under a bridge in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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,…

    • Dilworth Park, August 2015 | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
    • oil rail car | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
    • Demolition at 40th and Pine

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…

    • Double decker bus operated by PTC in 1940

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…

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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…

    • Market Square | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

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…

    • Strawberry Mansion damage

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…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge | Gary Reed

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…

    • Engine 29 | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
    • The study will look at light rail as well as improvements to current transit systems

Here's an update on every major transportation project in the city

When planning your city’s future, the first step, obviously, is to sort your priorities into a series of categories and subcategories. That’s what Philadelphia’s Planning Commission has done with the Philadelphia2035…

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