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    • PPA project manager Sue Cornell explains meterUP app at a press conference

New PPA pay-by-mobile app for parking pilot launches Thursday

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) announced today that its new pay-by-mobile app, meterUP, will launch in pilot areas Thursday morning. And if you need added incentive to get it, the first…

    • Walk on Walnut, 1971 | Credit: Joshua Bernstein, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.

Back to the Future: Open Streets in Philly, 1971

During a segment on Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times show in October about the Open Streets Philly campaign*, a woman called in to remind listeners that Philly had done a few open…

    • Rendering of Welcome Center seating terrace | Kieran Timberlake

Art Commission wants drinking fountains in LOVE Park

Philadelphia’s Art Commission voted to approve the plans for the redesigned LOVE Park on Tuesday while adding a requirement that two drinking fountains be installed at the park. A brief pause…



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