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    • Lawyers for Transport Workers Union Nan Lassen and Ralph Teti. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA loses injunction to immediately end strike, but has another chance to suspend it for Election Day

SEPTA’s attempt to end the ongoing transit strike Friday afternoon via a court injunction failed, but the authority will get another stab at it on Monday, if negotiators cannot strike a…

    • DRPA received $400,000 to replace the stairs up to the Ben Franklin Bridge with an ADA-compliant bicycle and pedestrian ramp
    • TWU Local 234 striking at SEPTA's Southern District, Nov. 2, 2016
Eyes on the Street

What striking transit workers want

On Wednesday afternoon dozens of striking Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 members were gathered at a bus hub deep in South Philly at 20th and Johnson, SEPTA’s Southern District, picketing…

    • 'Divided' - Delaware Generating Station, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall
    • TWU Local 234 workers rally Friday night and distribute strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

SEPTA Strike negotiations take turn for the worse; SEPTA “beyond frustrated” with union

Earlier in the day, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady was hopeful. “As long as they’re talking,” said the famed Philly deal maker as he walked into the lobby of the Sheraton where…

    • Commuters during SEPTA strike wait for slow Regional Rail trains | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Democratic campaigns “concerned” SEPTA strike could derail electoral victories

With Election Day less than a week away and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 still on strike, Democrats hoping for big voter turnout in Philadelphia are growing increasingly nervous. “I’m…

    • Photo illustration of advertising, as proposed for 1515 Arch | Interstate Outdoor Advertising, Tantala Associates

Art Commission rejects proposal to use city office buildings as billboards

A proposal to use the city’s Municipal Services Building and One Parkway as advertising backdrops met with bitter opposition at the Art Commission’s Wednesday meeting. The proposal comes three years after…

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City releases reworked sustainability agenda calling on all Philadelphians to participate

The city’s new comprehensive sustainability plan is no longer aiming to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America, the goal set by mayor Michael Nutter when Greenworks launched in 2009. Now…

    • Lincoln Square: Lincoln Walk and Broad Street Plaza | BLTArchitects, Nov. 2016 CDR presentation

Design Committee supports Lincoln Square, new Aramark, Lancaster Mews developments

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting pushed the total count of projects covered this year to 41, a record for the still young process—and a testament to the acceleration of…

    • The city transit strike meant SEPTA's regional rail trains were crowded.  | Emma Lee / WHYY

November 2: Firehouse Park revamped | Behavioral science and city gov | Voting rights

Day 2 of the SEPTA city transit strike is upon us, and our Jim Saksa is posted at the Sheraton where negotiations are taking place. NewsWorks has the latest on today's…

    • Members of Transit Workers Local Union 234 cheered outside of the Robert's Yard SEPTA Facitilty Nov. 1 as motorists honked their horns in support. | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

Can’t we all just get along? Lawyers, history explain the logic behind SEPTA strike

With all of SEPTA’s city transit services shut down Tuesday morning, you didn’t have to look hard to find frustrated riders roiling over the walkout. Anger is everywhere. Understanding is in…

    • Trolley entrance locked during SEPTA strike, November 1, 2016 | Naomi Starobin / WHYY

November 1: #SEPTAstruggle | Ride-hailing discriminiation | River Ward school tours

We want to know how you are dealing with the SEPTA strike: Our NewsWorks colleagues wonder what's your #SEPTAstruggle today? Did you put air in your bike tires to Bike the…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rallied at their union hall on Oct. 28 and distributed strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

City transit workers on strike, union and SEPTA deadlocked on new deal

Just after midnight, SEPTA’s transit services across Philadelphia came to a sudden halt as 4,700 members of the authority’s largest union launched a strike that some fear might last through Election…

    • Paul Levy at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase I of the Rail Park, October 31, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

First phase of Rail Park construction underway

On Monday afternoon, a large crowd clustered around the mouth of the Reading Viaduct for the long-anticipated groundbreaking of a project that would transform the long defunct railway into a public…

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    • TWU Local 234 workers rally Friday night and distribute strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Deviated SEPTA: As Nov. 1 transit strike deadline nears, still no deal

Negotiations between SEPTA and its largest union continued over the weekend but accord on a new labor contract remained elusive as Monday’s midnight deadline to avert a strike inched hours closer.…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

City prepares itself for strike Tuesday as SEPTA, union cannot seem to agree on anything

“I'll be shocked if we don't have a strike.”   Willie Brown doesn’t mince words. “Honestly, nothing’s working. The smallest issues become big items,” says Brown, president of the Transport Workers…

    • Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills: Indego orientation at Lutheran Settlement House | Samantha Maldonado

Indego meets Internet literacy in course helping adults learn both

As Jennifer Kobrin, Program Manager at the Office of Adult Education, led the orientation of the third cohort of the Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills (DSBT) program, she explained to…

    • Baltimore Crossing at 48th Street and Baltimore Ave
Eyes on the Street

Seeking refuge in pedestrian spaces on Baltimore Ave

What a difference a dozen huge, ceramic planters can make. Midway through 2013, residents of West Philadelphia’s Cedar Park neighborhood noticed that the intersection of 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue had…

    • Cathedral Basilica of Saints  Peter and Paul, 18th St. and the Parkway
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