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    • Francisville, September 2014 | Theresa Stigale
Eyes on the Street

Toward a safe and thriving city

The next mayoral administration will inherit a revamped and strengthened planning and development environment, but architect and Design Advocacy Group Chair Kiki Bolender argues the work is only half done. In…

    • Share the road, show respect / OnePoll Data Hub

Confession of a mad biker: From now on I’m taking the high road

Last night, I was biking home. I was heading down Spruce, towards my turn at 17th, when a black Porsche decided waiting at the light at 15th wasn’t for him. Time…

    • Southport

May 15: NEC service could return Tuesday | Wolf's municipal pension ideas | What goes in Southport

Amtrak's CEO says he's looking at Tuesday, tentatively, for full restoration of Northeast Corridor service. Our Newsworks colleague Carolyn Beeler talks to Penn professor Dr. Vukan Vuchic about why the…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with LISC's Andy Frishkoff

For our last installment in our Agenda2015 Streetviews Q&A series, we sat down with Andy Fishkoff from Philadelphia LISC, a nonprofit that provides assistance to community development corporations citywide. We…

    • member robert sumwalt on the scene of the amtrak train 188 derailment in philadelphia pa flickr photo sharing

SEPTA is outspending Amtrak on PTC safety technology

Video: Experts analyze Amtrak 188 crash The Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum interviewed Amtrak’s CEO, Joseph Boardman, asking questions on train safety in the wake of Tuesday’s tragic derailment. Boardman defended Amtrak’s record…

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Urbanism and the mayoral primary: How do the candidates compare?

Welcome to PlanPhilly’s Mayoral Matchmaker: the voter guide for planners, designers, neighborhood advocates, and anyone else who reads this site and cares about how this election will impact nitty gritty planning…

    • Vote

Just tuning in? Put PlanPhilly's election reporting to work for you.

With the May 19th primary election less than a week away, we're starting to get the emails:"Hey, I know you've been paying pretty close to this election. I've been so…

    • Manayunk Mural Arts installation

May 14: House votes to cut Amtrak funding | Brandywine plans huge East Market project | Common Ground Marketplace preview

Just hours after the Amtrak derailment in Port Richmond, the US House voted to slash funding for Amtrak passenger rail service by $260 million. More money can't solve every problem, but…

    • Emergency personnel bring in a crane to move the derailed Amtrak train near Port Richmond in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Forthcoming train safety system might have prevented Amtrak 188 tragedy

With the National Transportation Safety Board's Robert Sumwalt confirming earlier reports that Amtrak 188 was travelling over 106 miles per hour, the evidence suggests that the cause of last night’s deadly…

    • NJT River Line

How to go around the Northeast Corridor shutdown after the Frankford Junction derailment

UPDATE 5/14: As of Thursday morning, SEPTA and NJT are co-ordinating detour service via the West Trenton Line.  SEPTA will be running a new weekday schedule with about twice as…

    • Milton Street | NewsWorks

Q&A: Milton Street on Michael Nutter, community planning, tax abatements, aging

On Tuesday morning, PlanPhilly sat down with Milton Street, the former state senator, two-time mayoral contender, and brother of former mayor John Street, for the last in our series of 2015…

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May 13: Tragedy unfolds as Amtrak train derails in Port Richmond

A major national tragedy unfolded in Port Richmond last night as a New York-bound Amtrak train derailed, killing six passengers, and sending more than 140 others to local hospitals. Amtrak,…

    • Dirk Green, SEPTA passenger services rep, looks on as Caleb Stone announces an arrival

SEPTA replaces automated announcements with one fan's lively voice for an afternoon

Caleb Stone is a familiar face at SEPTA board meetings. He’s on a first name basis with enough high-ranking employees to make this transit reporter jealous. Stone, 20, loves trains. Lots…

    • Sydenham Street

New Streetfilms video profiles Philly bicycling

My friend Clarence Eckerson from Streetfilms, a sister site to Streetsblog that creates short videos about urban design, was in Philadelphia a few times over the past year shooting footage…

    • Washington Avenue

May 12: Planning for Boomers | The danger of left turns | Behind the Houston bus redesign

Malcolm Burnley points to some zoning reforms that could help our growing population of Baby Boomers age in place, to which I will add legalizing accessory dwellings and granny flats. Businesses…

    • South along the Schuylkill: Part of Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery as seen from the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.
Eyes on the Street

Who will weather extreme weather?

From tidal floods to heat waves, extreme weather is in Philly’s long-term forecast. How can the city be better prepared, responsive, and resilient in the face of this challenge? In this…

    • 2459 Kensington Ave. | Google

Committee authorizes city to buy waterfront land for prison development, sell vacant lot on Kensington Ave.

Note: This article previously stated that the company that owns 7777-R State Road, the proposed site of a future prison facility to replace the House of Corrections in Northeast Philadelphia, purchased…

    • Pop-art map

May 11: Roosevelt Blvd plans coming | No neighborhood budget forums | Boot and Saddle sign restoration

Philadelphia would have to pony up half the funding for a Roosevelt Boulevard subway line. That's probably not happening, but a comprehensive planning study due out soon looks like it will…

    • 12th and E. Passyunk sneckdown

Renderings: Changes coming to E. Passyunk "sneckdown" intersection

A couple weeks ago Albert Stumm at Passyunk Post reported that the traffic calming plan for the intersection of 12th, Morris, and E. Passyunk Ave in South Philadelphia is moving forward,…

    • Septa map

May 8: Legalizing AirBnB | Slippery bikeshare seats | How buses help the economy

Philly rents are still a bargain compared to many of our peer cities, but cities like Portland, New Orleans, and Dallas show it's possible to have a functioning real estate market…

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