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    • 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…

    • SEPTA Papal Map

Transit agencies: Plenty of papal passes still available

Catholic masses end with the priest exhorting the parishioners: “Go in peace.” Pilgrims looking to make it into Philadelphia for the Papal visit September 26th and 27th should heed that advice…

    • Electric Morning | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

August 20: Target for 12th and Chestnut | SEPTA GM retiring | Ride like it's 1999 | Comcast passes over Philly | Barbers and voting | Ciao Chase

Welcome to Thursday, Philly. Here’s what we’re reading: Target has confirmed it will open at 12th and Chestnut in summer 2016. The new TargetExpress, the smaller downtown version of the big…

    • Saint John the Baptist Church, 2015 | Credit: Bradley Maule
Eyes on the Street

Salvation for a neighborhood icon in Manayunk

Father Kevin Lawrence can tell you exactly where he was in the evening of April 29, 2014: sitting at the counter at Dalessandro’s on Henry Avenue in Roxborough, having ordered his…

    • Grays Ferry buffer / Ashley Hahn

Keystone Crossroads: When it comes to buffer areas around streams, advocates say size matters

A few years ago, when Philadelphia was on the homestretch of rewriting its zoning code, there was a brief kerfuffle over one of the rules that was under debate. The rule…

    • 40th and Pine's crooked cupola.
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Citizens Planning Institute: Learn to Plan, Plan to Change

Citizen's Planning Institute will be accepting applications for it's fall class soon. If you're in this group, you're probably the kind of person who'd want to take the class. Applications will…

    • Live! Hotel and Casino | BLT Architects

Commission reviews plans for Live! Hotel and Casino

Early plans for the Live! Hotel and Casino at the sports complex in South Philadelphia include an 18-story hotel, restaurants, two casino floors and a seven-story parking garage, according to a…

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