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    • Double decker bus operated by PTC in 1940

Streetsplainer update: Turns out a SEPTA predecessor used double-decker buses

Ok, so this isn’t so much an update as the correction of an oversight from last week’s Streetsplainer on why SEPTA doesn’t use double decker buses. Reader Ira Schreiber of…

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Temple Profs: UberX lowers DUI deaths

Does the expansion of ride-hailing services like UberX reduce drunk driving? According to two Temple professors, the answer is yes, and for the first time, they have the rigorous numbers to…

    • Market Square | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

August 24: Bike-transit plan | Pope construction prep | Divine Lorraine's draw | Oval season over | Market Square | Road Diet explainer

The last week of August is upon us. Make it a good one. Meantime, your Monday morning reads: As Philly’s transit ridership and bicycling rates keep climbing, SEPTA is trying to…

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How tailgaters run amok at Historic Strawberry Mansion

There are seven historic house museums in the City of Philadelphia and each one has a unique history. These houses are the city’s link to its historic past. One of these…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge | Gary Reed

DRPA Dispatch: Johnny Doc laments PA-NJ imbalance; BFB gets plans for the pope and a fence but not a pope fence

John Dougherty Jr., business manager for IBEW Local 98, is a colorful guy and a Philly guy.  Dougherty, better known as Johnny Doc, occasional sits in on the DRPA board meetings…

    • Engine 29 | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
    • The study will look at light rail as well as improvements to current transit systems

Here's an update on every major transportation project in the city

When planning your city’s future, the first step, obviously, is to sort your priorities into a series of categories and subcategories. That’s what Philadelphia’s Planning Commission has done with the Philadelphia2035…

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Transit agencies: Plenty of papal passes still available

Catholic masses end with the priest exhorting the parishioners: “Go in peace.” Pilgrims looking to make it into Philadelphia for the Papal visit September 26th and 27th should heed that advice…

    • Electric Morning | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

August 20: Target for 12th and Chestnut | SEPTA GM retiring | Ride like it's 1999 | Comcast passes over Philly | Barbers and voting | Ciao Chase

Welcome to Thursday, Philly. Here’s what we’re reading: Target has confirmed it will open at 12th and Chestnut in summer 2016. The new TargetExpress, the smaller downtown version of the big…

    • Saint John the Baptist Church, 2015 | Credit: Bradley Maule
Eyes on the Street

Salvation for a neighborhood icon in Manayunk

Father Kevin Lawrence can tell you exactly where he was in the evening of April 29, 2014: sitting at the counter at Dalessandro’s on Henry Avenue in Roxborough, having ordered his…

    • Grays Ferry buffer / Ashley Hahn

Keystone Crossroads: When it comes to buffer areas around streams, advocates say size matters

A few years ago, when Philadelphia was on the homestretch of rewriting its zoning code, there was a brief kerfuffle over one of the rules that was under debate. The rule…

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Citizens Planning Institute: Learn to Plan, Plan to Change

Citizen's Planning Institute will be accepting applications for it's fall class soon. If you're in this group, you're probably the kind of person who'd want to take the class. Applications will…

    • Live! Hotel and Casino | BLT Architects

Commission reviews plans for Live! Hotel and Casino

Early plans for the Live! Hotel and Casino at the sports complex in South Philadelphia include an 18-story hotel, restaurants, two casino floors and a seven-story parking garage, according to a…

    • 401 Race | Barton Partners

Commission recommends development proposal at 401 Race

The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to support developer Priderock Capital Group’s proposal to build a 4-story, 216-unit apartment complex at 4th and Race streets in Old City. The project,…

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Streetsplainer: Why doesn't SEPTA use double-decker buses?

“Why doesn’t SEPTA use double-decker buses?” I hear this question all the time. It’s probably the second most popular question I get as PlanPhilly’s transportation reporter (“When will SEPTA Key be…

    • Camac Street saw half a block of repairs in summer 2015.
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Temporary fixes for part of Camac Street's wooden block

I count Philly’s wee streets as some of our most special public places, and the block of Camac Street between Walnut and Locust that’s paved with wood blocks is one of…

    • View from the Passyunk Avenue bridge, looking east

August 18: Changing Washington Ave | President's House | Oil train safety | Petrochemical history | Park Towne Place redo | Inside Bok | Tax delinquency

Good morning, Philly. Here’s what we’re reading: Holly Otterbein outlined the forces and tensions that are reshaping Washington Avenue particularly rezoning west of Broad to create a more mixed-use corridor and…

    • Jeffrey Allegretti, a member of WICA who wrote the historic nominations for the house at 145 Sumac and its twin home at 147, said that as part of the agreement the nominations have been tabled.

Civic group, developer reach agreement about future of historic Wissahickon property

A civic group's efforts to save a 19th-century Roxborough house have led to an agreement with the owner and developer to renovate the property with "historic sensitivity" and thereby maintain the…

    • 401 Race | Barton Partners

Planners to review housing proposal at 401 Race

On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission will review a proposal for a 216-unit mixed-use project on the block bounded by 4th, 5th, Race, and Florist streets, just off of Independence Mall.…

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