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    • A pedestrian and a bicyclist pass on the sidewalk at 18th and Market streets | Meir Rinde

Sidewalk cycling: Illegal, unsafe, and one argument for more bike lanes

During the cool, early hours when Annie Heckenberger likes to go running, the sidewalks and streets around her home in Chinatown are usually quiet and uncongested. But one morning last summer, as she reached the corner of 12th and Race streets, she suddenly found herself face to face with a speeding bicyclist. …

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius still stands in Fishtown, though more precariously

Fishtown’s St. Laurentius has seen better days. The 130-year-old-plus former Catholic Church is surrounded by a scraggly fence. Scaffolding wraps around its base, and black strips of netting covers stretches of…

    • Dena Driscoll and her children try to navigate their way to summer camp, blocked by sidewalk parking at 12th Street and Washington Avenue.
Eyes on the Street

Our Morning Commute: Multimodal living with kids in Philadelphia

For the last seven years, my children and I have primarily moved around Philadelphia by bike, foot, and public transportation. Though my children are at ease with this life, there are,…

    • Philadelphia’s unaccounted-for funds, first estimated at $33 million, now at closer to $26 million. | Tony Ibarra (Flickr)

Filling in some details missed in the outcry about Philly's "missing" millions

Much has been made of the mysterious “missing” millions in City Hall. Much less has been made of the treasure hunt to find it. A blame game continues to play out…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signs the building new code into law Thursday. It will take effect in October. (Tom MacDonald, WHYY)

Philly OKs building code to modernize construction, address climate change

The City of Philadelphia has officially adopted a new building code in an effort to modernize construction and address more severe weather associated with climate change. The city is one of…

    • The City Council's chambers.

A retrospective: What passed muster with City Council, and what didn't

It’s easy to keep track of big-ticket items -- like the capital budget or this year’s construction tax -- during the course of a City Council session, but many legislative matters…

    • Philadelphia's new program for reunifying families takes a rapid rehousing approach

Philly offers affordable housing to help parents regain custody of kids in foster care

In Philadelphia, not having a safe, stable place to live prevents parents whose children have been placed in foster care from regaining custody 40 percent of the time — 10 percent…

    • Rendering of a closed Parkway block for The Oval+ 2018 | PORT Urbanism
Eyes on the Street

In Common: The Oval stretches car-free play onto the Parkway this summer

Our series about Philly's changing public spaces continues with a trip on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Ashley Hahn checks in on The Oval, a summertime experience geared at making the Parkway…

    • Mitch Little of the city's Community Empowerment and Opportunity. (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

Task force wants mediation to prevent evictions in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a game plan for cutting down on the number of people evicted from their homes or apartments. The eviction rate is high in the city, partly because only about…

    • Solstice & Strawberry Moon Rowboating at Bartram’s Garden.
Eyes on the Street

Make no little pints: Bringing taste and memory into community storytelling with Watershed Ice

What’s the next level of community reporting? For many, printed text and visuals make complex issues clear. Others absorb information best with audio and video. And the internet brings news to…

    •  Dockless bike-share provider ofo, now operating in Camden, says it would apply to operate in Philadelphia once the licensing regime is in place.

With new licensing scheme in place, Philly could have dockless bike share, e-scooters by next year

A bill to regulate and license dockless bike share, electric scooters, and pedal-assist bicycles passed City Council last week, meaning Indego will soon have to share the road with competitors after…

    • Abner Stolztfus's Cedar Dream dairy farm in Peach Bottom, Lancaster County

From dump-bound to table: Philabundance turns surplus milk into cheese and yogurt for hungry Philadelphians

On a beautiful sunny day recently in south Lancaster County, farmer Abner Stolztfus and seven of his eight children were inside, bottling yogurt in a room next to the barn. “The…

    • A view of City Hall and its neighbors
Eyes on the Street

Looking at Philadelphia from the prism of `The Divided City'

Author Alan Mallach will appear in conversation with PlanPhilly's Jake Blumgart from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St.  I recently published a book called…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

At Penn summit, leading urban thinkers ponder a course correction

In his 2017 book "The New Urban Crisis," Richard Florida writes about an ongoing tug-of-war between two schools of thought among the urban intelligentsia: the Optimists and the Pessimists. Florida, who…

    • Indego Bike Share Station at Race Street Pier/Emma Lee, WHYY

Indego bike share to expand to Navy Yard and the stadiums

Philadelphia’s bike-share program, Indego, will expand in South Philly this summer with the addition of eight new stations, including three in the Navy Yard and two located next to the Broad…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Construction tax's fate uncertain as City Council wraps up for summer

The fate of a proposed 1 percent construction tax for Philadelphia remained up in the air Thursday, during the last City Council session before the summer recess. The bill squeezed past…

    • Girard Avenue trolley

Overhauling its bus network may be on SEPTA’s schedule soon

Buses are the sick man of SEPTA’s transit options. Though overall ridership has remained relatively flat, bus trips have fallen 33 million, or 17 percent, over the last five years. Now,…

    • under the el, 1330 North Front Street, which is an address listed in the new KOZ bill

81 new tax-free sites OK'd by City Council committee

City Council’s Finance Committee has quickly and quietly approved a bill that would create 81 separately listed, tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs), many of them covering multiple parcels, spanning a total…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Vision Zero panel hears stark stories of traffic-safety horror

Tales of horror and tragedy, of loved ones lost or grievously wounded by automobiles, rolled out in waves before a handful of City Council members. At Tuesday’s hearing on Philadelphia’s Vision…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.
Eyes on the Street

The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum

PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

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