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    • The Food Recovery Network is run by college students. It has recovered 5,000 pounds of food in Philadelphia in two years. | courtesy of Food Recovery Network

February 10, 2017: The science and engineering of welds l Nonprofits, businesses and foundations tackle food waste l California lawmakers debate cap-and-trade

Last year, ReFED, a collaboration of foundations, businesses, and government officials, came out with their Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent report. Waste 360 catches up with…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key rollout so capricious, complicated and slow, even the transit authority’s spokesman left confused

Yesterday, PlanPhilly reported on SEPTA Key’s latest incremental update, saying that riders could pick up a card without also purchasing a weekly or monthly Transpass at SEPTA’s headquarters at 1234 Market…

    • Please respect this litter free zone. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

February 9, 2017: Litter index l Mapping out informal transit networks l N.J. Mayors demand clarity on state transportation funds

The trash talk continues. The City’s newly formed Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will pilot a litter index in two neighborhoods this year, tracking every single piece of trash and plotting…

    • Vacant property condemnation by eminent domain, Sharswood, February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

College students document Sharswood’s ‘resilient voices’

On Oct. 25, 2015, representatives from the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) placed plywood signs reading “Declarations of Taking” in front of 500 properties in Sharswood. This spring, they’ll appear on…

    • Radar Speed Sign

Bill to give local cops speedometers on Harrisburg's radar

In Pennsylvania, local cops are armed with all sorts of guns. The standard issue at many police departments includes both a .40 caliber Glock pistol and a stun gun. Members of…

    • MFL Berks station

SEPTA continues to unlock Key: Riders can now replace tokens without buying a pass first, available at 69th Street

For SEPTA token lovers, winter is coming. Just as a wintry snowstorm is expected to blanket the region and make getting around more difficult, SEPTA will take another step in its…

    • The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has fought the proposed demolition of a portion Jeweler's Row by the Toll Brothers

Jewelers' Row development up in the air (rights)

On Tuesday, Toll Brothers presented their proposed 29-story Jewelers Row skyscraper for Civic Design Review (CDR), but only for an informational discussion—not the actual review as initially intended. When Toll Brothers…

    • market my frankford el

February 8, 2017: A history of El problems l Recycling and workforce development l The PA town that survives as a traffic choke point

Cracks in vent boxes are only the most recent issue that forced SEPTA to pull El cars out of service. Jason Laughlin covers the history of problems that have plagued the…

    •  Roosevelt Boulevard from Oxford Circle, 1927 | (Image #7688) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX

February 7, 2017: Roosevelt Boulevard, Philly’s worst road l How to use your dollars to support a local textile coop l The Hamilton to break ground in May

Roosevelt Boulevard has managed to become a major thoroughfare that is simultaneously not big enough to accommodate rush hour, quiet enough to encourage speeding in off-peak, and dangerous to pedestrians and…

    • sanctuary city sign

Can Philadelphia continue to thrive without immigration?

Philadelphia boosters never forget to mention that the city’s population is growing again. Don’t worry, the narrative goes, we aren’t like those other old industrial cities. Philly may have its problems,…

    • Society Hill towers under construction viewed from Headhouse, September 1963 | George McDowell Bulletin Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Historic Preservation for a Changing City

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host another Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice. This time…

    • SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel describes the problem affecting rail cars on the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA unsure how long mild MFL shortage will last

SEPTA has no idea how long it will take to fix the problem now sidelining 60 rail cars on the Market Frankford Line (MFL). But as dire as that might sound,…

    • Jannie Blackwell | Emma Lee/WHYY

After blowback, Blackwell scraps her sidewalk bill

At last week’s City Council session Jannie Blackwell introduced a short bill requiring that anyone wishing to place a bench, planter, or street furniture on a public sidewalk would first need…

    • Chinatown

February 6, 2017: Hero-worshipping the social entrepreneur, mystery of the plug weld continued, the eighth victim of the Salvation Army building collapse

Decades-old plug welds may be the culprits for the Delaware River Bridge closure in January. Officials continue to gather clues to find what caused the steel truss fracture; the source, the…

    • The Dirt Factory community composting facility in University City | Ryan Collerd

Composting in Philadelphia: Where we are and where we are going

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • market my frankford el

SEPTA pulls 40 Market Frankford railcars after cracks discovered

For SEPTA, the hits keep on coming. SEPTA announced Sunday evening that cracks were discovered on the bolster beams on two Market Frankford Line rail cars. SEPTA decided to pull another…

    • Boardwalk Construction on Schuylkill Banks

What does Trump’s infrastructure executive order mean? No one really knows.

Somewhat lost among the flurry of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week was one “expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects”.  Some infrastructure…

    • Jewelers' Row (704-708 Sansom St.), as it appeared in September 2016.

February 3, 2017: Toll Bros floor plans for Jewelers Row l USPS food access program l PA DEP lacks resources to enforce safe water standards

Toll Brothers released a few proposed floor plans for their 29-story condo tower. Curbed Philly covers the plans and provides a very helpful timeline on this intense saga. SLCE Architects will…

    • City seeks study of Family Court Building as prelude to redevelopment

February 2, 2017: The case for data to HUD l Impact of urban parks l Developer gets tax-credit approval for Family Court building

The positive impacts of urban parks corralled mayors from both parties to collectively write a letter to the Trump transition team calling for parks to be prioritized among its infrastructure plans.…

    • Cottman Ave. - Southbound Proposed Site Plan

New bus shelters for Roosevelt Boulevard

On Wednesday, the members of the Art Commission gazed upon the future of Roosevelt Boulevard. The 14-mile stretch of roadway is the spine of Philadelphia’s northeastern neighborhoods. But the exceedingly broad,…

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