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    • Waterloo Playground, October 2016

Waterloo Playground's revival takes off with Urban Roots / MTWB support

Community work is paying off at Waterloo Playground. The once-unsafe public space in West Kensington has seen a turnaround in recent years, and more change is in store. Last year, Waterloo…

    • Plastic bags

October 18: Bag tax ban? | RICO, battery suit against Doughterty | New Urban Agenda

Will Harrisburg ban a tax on plastic bags? WITF reports in the waning days of this legislative session Bucks county Republican Frank Farry has sponsored the bill, arguing that it could…

    • Former Rohm & Haas building, 6th and Market streets.

Historic nomination of Rohm & Haas Building takes layered approach

On Friday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s designation committee will consider an extraordinary nomination for the Rohm & Haas Building on Independence Mall. It is a three-part nomination, “like a Russian nesting…

    • Some day these stairs from the South Street Bridge will connect to a new trail segment extending southward to Christian Street.

Schuylkill River Trail extension to Christian Street fully funded, as Philadelphia wins $4.6 million in state transportation grants

PennDOT announced the award of its Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) grants late last week, and Philadelphia will get four totaling $4.6 million. The MTF was created in 2013 by Act 89,…

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    • Dumpster alley, EOTS Flickr Group

Squilla proposes banning new dumpsters in Center City

It’s been a big year for trash receptacles in Philadelphia. First came the nationally recognized dumpster pool phenomena that briefly won the city nationwide notoriety, which then was swiftly banned by…

    • SEPTA Route 25 Bus

UPDATE: SEPTA union authorizes potential strike November 1 that could last through Election Day

UPDATED 10/16/16: SEPTA’s largest union, Transport Workers Union Local 234 (TWU 234), voted Sunday to authorize a strike starting November 1st if a new agreement cannot be negotiated before then. The…

    • Lit's lit | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

October 14: New Complete Streets director | Market East signs of change | Columbus Blvd vs Delaware Ave

Kelley Yemen has been appointed Philly’s new complete streets director, the Inquirer reports. Yemen is a Minnesotan, but lived in Philly nearly a decade ago and has recently worked in New…

    • Loudoun Mansion | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Educational reuse being considered for Germantown's vacant Loudoun Mansion

Loudoun Mansion haunts Germantown Avenue, and not just because it’s popularly believed to be riddled with specters. A lightning bolt struck the city-owned mansion in 1993, setting it ablaze, and…

    • Ditches are not potholes according to the Streets Department's categorization of road defects.

They’re just like you: Council gripes about potholes, but Philly streets may start looking better soon

Today, for nearly two hours, City Council grilled the lone witness testifying before the Streets and Services Committee. Councilman Al Taubenberger pressed on technical intricacies and questioning outcomes across in a…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm has taken root on five vacant lots in East Kensington.

Neighborhood Gardens Trust targets preservation for 28 more gardens

The preservation of community gardens and open spaces located in five areas of the city – Kensington, South Philadelphia, Mantua/Belmont, East Germantown/West Oak Lane and Tioga/Hunting Park/Fairhill – will be a…

    • New Jersey Transit, Hamilton | Evelyn Tu

October 13: NJ Transit in crisis | Bethlehem commits to Vision Zero | Pittsburgh rating projects for development incentives

In the wake of the recent New Jersey Transit crash at Hoboken, the New York Times takes a long look at the health of NJ Transit, once a model agency is…

    • Lyft | Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft

Illegal again, Uber and Lyft have stopped paying taxes to the School District. Here’s what they already paid.

When a law temporarily authorizing transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Philadelphia sunset on September 30th, Lyft eagerly pointed towards a one percent tax on…

    • Bartram's Garden

October 12: Tolson to helm Parking Authority? | Kenney on Jewelers' Row | Brothers in botany | Dutch Reach to prevent dooring

Will Clarena Tolson be tapped to take over the Parking Authority? The Inquirer reports two knowledgeable sources say that could happen this Thursday, most likely on a one-year appointment with the…

    • Catching up with food and tunes at First Friday on Race Street Pier
Eyes on the Street

Ten years later, five ways Philly should keep building on Civic Vision for Central Delaware

On this day in 2006 then-Mayor John Street signed an executive order to create a civic vision for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. That vision, led by PennPraxis, was…

    • Lower Schuylkill, looking north from Passyunk Avenue Bridge (file)

October 11: Cleaning North Broad | $3m for Schuylkill River Trail segement | Barwin's Civic Season

Today is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania in time for the presidential election. It’s easy to register or update your registration online. North Broad Renaissance spent its…

    • The University Bike Collective hopes to encourage more cycling throughout University City

October 10: Art Museum overhaul nigh | Lead testing for school water | Bike commuting benefit

First, some housekeeping: It’s Columbus Day, a federal and state holiday, so remember that all city offices will be closed and trash pickup will come one day later than normal. Also,…

    • Riverside view of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club. (Kimberly Paynter / WHYY)

Girls’ Rowing Club launches campaign to shore up its historic home

The oldest building along Boathouse Row is in need of preservation work to maintain its beautiful façade and structural integrity. The boathouse at 14 Kelly Drive is more than an historic…

    • Uber Ride Request

Uber gets reprieve from judge's cease-and-desist, remains illegal, but now uncertain what PPA will do

Philadelphia's ride-hailing saga—starring Uber, Lyft, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), and a greek chorus of taxi owners, cab drivers, and disability advocates—has had more twists and turns, back stabbings and double…

    • Kelvin Jeremiah | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

On the Record: Q&A with Philadelphia Housing Authority President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah

Twice this fall PlanPhilly’s Jake Blumgart interviewed Kelvin Jeremiah, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, to discuss the Authority’s current work, how it made housing vouchers available to 3,800…

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