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    • Median bus lane

What does an equitable city street look like?

Bike safety advocacy has a problem. While a significant share of the growth in bicycle ridership in recent years has been coming from non-white, lower-income riders, the people elected officials most…

    • Licenses and Inspections team

Nutter Administration says L&I trainees' work was meant to update previous inspections

The Nutter Administration said on Monday that 600 building inspections performed in one week last month were part of a training exercise for nine new employees who were steps away from…

    • Broad and Walnut 1956

March 23: New Broad Street Wawa | Fiscal cost of sprawl | SEPTA's extreme weather prep

An internal Convention Center analysis claims the cost of hosting the Auto Show was 20% cheaper this year after changes to union work rules. Wawa is opening a store at Broad…

    • Franklin Square and bridge approach, 1926 | (Image #6800) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
Eyes on the Street

From Above: Franklin Square and Monument Plaza, 1926

Today Jim Saksa has a story about efforts to turn Monument Plaza into a more inviting public place. What's Monument Plaza? It's that wedge between the Benjamin Franklin Bridge approach and…

    • Overlooking Potential Green Space

PHS has bold plans to redo base of Ben Franklin Bridge

When Isamu Noguchi finally built his A Bolt of Lightning … A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin in 1984, not everyone was a fan. The Inquirer called it a “propped-up monument…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Letters supporting 3D billboards are identical, linked to Catalyst petition

They do exist, the hundreds of letters Councilman Mark Squilla said he had received from constituents supporting his bill to allow 3-D billboards in Center City. But they carry identical text,…

    • Brewerytown

March 20: Better Mobility reactions | Changing Brewerytown | Congress's transpo funding ideas

Patrick Kerkstra reviews the Better Mobility forum and argues the bicycle lobby has won, in a sense, in that they're finally a force politicians think they need to court. Michael…

    • Willow Grove Ave Bridge corrosion, photo courtesy of the Streets Dept.

Councilman hopes to empower city to repair roads and bridges it doesn't own

Councilman David Oh introduced a bill in City Council on Thursday that would empower the Streets Department to repair and maintain roads, bridges, and other byways outside its traditional jurisdiction. The…

    • Carmen
Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Carmen Febo San Miguel, director of Taller Puertorriqueño

For the last 12 years Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel has run Taller Puertorriqueño, a Latino-centric arts and education nonprofit that’s been a cultural fixture in El Centro de Oro…

    • Candidates Bailey, Kenney, Oliver and Street. Moderator Kerkstra

Platitudes fly at Better Mobility Mayoral Forum

Like vegetables and tuna, candidate statements are better when they aren’t canned. But at last night’s Better Mobility Mayoral Forum, hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, almost all the…

    • Plans for Kelly Drive and Laurel Hill

PHS begins to plant plans for transformed spaces, including new Kelly Drive entrance for Laurel Hill

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society identified seven areas across the city where its Civic Landscape Initiative would work to “transform the landscape” and create “memorable public art spaces.” While that…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Squilla claims wide neighborhood support for 3-D billboards

Councilman Mark Squilla said on Thursday that his office has received hundreds of letters of support from Center City residents who feel that three-dimensional structures displaying digital advertisements would liven up…

    • 11 Trolley

March 19: Ballot lottery winners | Upcoming planning forums | Johnson nixes 3-D billboards in 2nd District

A bipartisan bill is moving forward in Congress that would give local governments, rather than state DOTs, more control over how federal transportation dollars are spent. Incumbents fared pretty poorly…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Update: New “zipper” for Ben Franklin; New commissioners for Wolf; Nothing new for Franklin Square

There was a changing of the guard at today’s Delaware River Port Authority as Governor Tom Wolf’s five new appointees were sworn in, including new DRPA Chairman Ryan Boyer. Boyer takes…

    • Delaware Waterfront, Sheet Metal Workers Union site, South Philadelphia | Google

Waterfront corporation to obtain more South Philly land for river trail

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation continues to blaze a permanent trail along the South Philadelphia waterfront with the impending purchase of a strip of land behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union…

    • 4700 block of Sansom St | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Housing policy in Philadelphia: We can do better

In this op-ed architect and Design Advocacy Group chair Kiki Bolender makes the case for rowhouse preservation programs as a way to improve resident health and well-being while stabilizing rowhouse blocks.…

    • IRMX zoning classification

PCPC approves IRMX revisions

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted to approve changes to the IRMX zoning category, which is meant to encourage the mixed-use redevelopment of former industrial properties. The category is new…

    • horn and hardart

March 18: Everybody loves Vision Zero | Ballot position day | SEPTA cops not coming for your children

All of the Mayoral candidates support a Vision Zero approach to street safety, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and detail. A day after an opposition research site unearthed a trove of…

    • A pedestrian walks by a gated lot located along Washington Ave. in Southwest Center City. | Photo: Neal Santos

Planners endorse temporary zoning overlay for Washington Ave.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a new zoning overlay for Washington Avenue west of Broad Street. The measure is intended as a temporary bulwark to keep…

    • Roundabout

Where should MOTU build modern roundabouts?

A few months ago we noted that PennDOT and the city were looking for some locations to install some modern roundabouts using Automated Red Light Enforcement camera revenue. The news was…

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