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    • Skaters from FDR Skatepark set up a sign and

Skaters fill potholes left unfixed by city crews

The do-it-yourself or DIY attitude is essential to skateboarding. Few places demonstrate that truth more clearly than FDR Skatepark, a 16,000-square-foot stunt playground that local boarders have painstakingly built up…

    • A Philadelphia night cast in LED and traditional streetlamps

LED streetlights are coming to Philadelphia. Will they mess with our sleep?

Walk down a Philadelphia street at night and most likely, you will find the city lit in a warm yellow glow. The familiar cast comes from high-pressure sodium lights — the…

    • pothole file image

Going to pot: Philly potholes up 20% in 2018

Most people hate potholes. Then again, most people don’t run a tire shop. “Oh god, the volume has just doubled,” said Tom Tafe at Pinnacle Auto Repair and Tires in Bella…

    • streets department photo otis

To reduce traffic deaths, city to create new bike lane crew

For years now, cyclists and traffic safety advocates have pushed for funds to reduce traffic deaths in Philadelphia from nearly one hundred a year to zero. The campaign’s brand is Vision…

    • This 9-cubic yard truck needs to be tipped more often but it is small enough to maneuver the tight South Philadelphia Streets. February 13th, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Waste Not: Philadelphia's route to better recycling

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…

    • Clarena Tolson (left), Michael Carroll (center) and Carlton Williams (right, AP)

City announces familiar faces to leadership posts at Streets and OTIS

The Mayor’s Office announced the appointment of a handful of familiar faces to new leadership positions at the City’s Streets Department and Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) on Monday.…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

City officials optimistic that 2017 will bring smoother, safer streets

Conversations about how Philadelphians should share the city’s roads often feel like a traffic jam: Tense, angry, and going nowhere fast. Little old ladies turn into virulent vulgarians, and Earth-worshipping vegan…

    • 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…

    • West Philly block parties

Mapping 10 years of Philadelphia block parties

Philadelphia is a block party city. Take a stroll around any Philly neighborhood on a weekend afternoon in the summer, and you'll probably spot more than one. The city offers residents…

    • Italian Market barrel fire, Photo by Theresa Stigale

July 13: Counting cars in the Italian Market | Neighbors sue to halt Blatstein tower | What transit riders want

Does the Italian Market really need car access on weekends? Jonas Maciunas, a planner at RBA Group, did some simple traffic counts last Saturday during peak business hours and found that…

    • milled street before paving

Is your street next? The list of streets to be repaved next week

With the regularity of the Jersey Shore’s tides, I get an email every Friday from the Philadelphia Streets Department with this headline: STREET IMPROVEMENT WORK SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF [NEXT…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Will they ever repave my street? Maybe! Check out this week’s resurfacing list

As someone who occasionally drinks too much on Thursday evenings, I’ve come to rely on the Philadelphia Streets Department’s Friday morning release of next week’s street repaving schedule, not unlike how…

    • CHOP Community Health and Literacy Center

May 10: Kenney's Streets Commissioner on leave | Huge new South Philly community center | Open data at PPD

Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton has been placed on unpaid leave from the Kenney administration, following reports that he was arrested Friday for "punching an unidentified man 'multiple times in the face'…

    • Streets Department Budget Hearing (From L to R: Dep. Comm. of Sanitation Carlton Williams, Comm. Donald Carlton, Dept. Comm. of Trans. Mike Carroll, Dep. Comm. of Admin. Christopher Newman)

Council largely skips Streets Department budget hearing

City Council had few pointed questions for the Streets Department brass at yesterday’s budget hearing. Instead, two less critical questions of the same flavor dominated: How can my district get more…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Philadelphia’s getting new protected bike lanes. Here’s where.

Thanks to $300,000 in federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds recently awarded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and another $200,000 expected to come from PennDOT, the Philadelphia Streets…

    • South Street 2015 / Aversa PR

Streets Department unveils new online block party application

Sound a Silent Alarm and get ready for A Weekend in the City full of hot dogs, bouncy castles, and summer jams: The Streets Department just made it easier to apply…

    • Speed Cushion (Before markings added)

Streetsplainer: Why does that speed hump have gaps?

If you live in Northeast or Northwest Philly, you might have noticed some new speed humps with little gaps in them. They’re called speed cushions. “Why would they put a few…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Streets Dept. Summer Construction Update: Potholes (still), 41st Bridge, trails, roads and more

Every now and again, we like to check in with Philadelphia Streets Department Chief Engineer, Darin Gatti, to find out what the boys in neon green and safety-cone orange are up…

    • Utility box

Why the Streets Department doesn't put utility boxes underground

One reaction people had to Monday's post on the artfully-decorated utility boxes in Washington Square West and Queen Village was that the dressed up boxes look nicer now, but why do…

    • 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,…

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