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    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

Sidelined Silverliners: Repaired Regional Rail trains should rollout this month, normal service by October, says SEPTA

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Benjamin Franklin wrote two centuries ago. The phrase has become axiomatic, but not automatic, as SEPTA has painfully learned this summer…

    • The Collins

August 3: Philly job growth picking up | Uber and union organizing | Halal cart boom

Steady job growth is driving the demand for apartment construction in Philadelphia, according to data from real estate services firm Marcus & Millichap. Alan Heavens writes that "the increase in jobs…

    • Outbound PATCO | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

PATCO designates electric car parking at five stations, considers charging stations

Parking could soon become easier for commuters who drive electric vehicles (EVs) to PATCO stations starting this month, whether they’re driving a Tesla or a Chevy Volt. On Tuesday, PATCO announced…

    • USciences residence hall courtyard facing woodland | August 2016 CDR | Design Collective

Woods Square and new buildings at Penn and USciences pass design review

August doldrums didn’t stop the Civic Design Review (CDR) board from grilling a return applicant on Tuesday. Although only four of seven members were in attendance — chair Nancy Rogo Trainer,…

    • Mormon Temple

August 2: Home sales boosting city budget | First look at Mormon Temple | Dean on Philly walkability

City revenues came in higher than expected this year, reports Claudia Vargas, with the biggest jump coming from the realty transfer tax. "The realty transfer collection went up 16 percent…

    • Morning playtime after breakfast before Summer at the Courtyard programs begin | Michael Bixler, Hidden City

Queen Villagers work toward neighborhood integration by organizing around kids

In Queen Village there’s a rare attempt to bridge community divides between affluent residents and tenants of an affordable housing complex through summer programs for neighborhood kids, support for public schools,…

    • Shakespeare in Clark Park, 2016 | Samantha Maldonado

Seeking common ground through Shakespeare in Clark Park

Now in its eleventh season, Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP) staged five free nights of The Two Gentlemen of Verona for its loyal audiences in West Philly from July 27 through…

    • Dumpster Pool

August 1: Speeding up Amtrak on the cheap | 100 years of zoning | Dumpster pool

Alon Levy offers some cheaper alternatives to some of the budget-busting proposals in Amtrak's NEC Futures plan. One idea: fixing Frankford Junction to cut travel times between New York and…

    • Street tree, rowhouses

Philly mapped street trees for smarter maintenance

Philadelphia has hundreds of thousands of trees, but it has never had a comprehensive inventory of its street trees—until now. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation now has a complete digital record of…

    • One of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 locomotives, Photo courtesy of Amtrak

July 29: Rethinking Philly's intercity bus hubs | Homeownership at a low | Philly's affordability in context

Amtrak passengers scored a win at the federal Surface Transportation Board yesterday when the Board moved to withdraw a proposal supported by freight rail companies challenging the priority status of passenger…

    • Cecil B. Moore Avenue just west of Broad Street by Temple University (file) | Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

Parsing income-based definitions of gentrification

What is the opposite of gentrification? By one definition, it might be happening in a small rectangular census tract in North Philadelphia, which runs from Broad to 19th streets from Montgomery…

    • 30th Street Station illuminated for DNC with LED

July 28: Convention environmentalism | Candidates on infrastructure | Sidewalk burdens

It's DNC Day 4, Philly, and the end is in sight. Stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week. If seeing all those plastic water bottles used…

    • American democracy on display at Historical Society of Pennsylvania

For DNC Philadelphia archive showcases evolving American democracy, from founding fathers to fights for equality

If you stop by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) this week, you’ll see a collection of prized treasures—with a strong civil rights theme. The display is a part of PoliticalFest…

    • Protesters march down Broad Street, July 26, 2016 | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

July 27: Public art seeks Common Ground at convention | Keeping peace | Why affordable housing is unaffordable to build

It's DNC Day 3, Philly, and we’re halfway there. Stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week. What makes the good life? What is truth? Artists are…

    • Crane Arts Building, Phillytrax

City advances redesign for North American Street, including 28-foot wide bioswale

North American Street could become the city’s premiere example of a green street, using the road’s expansive width to soak up stormwater with a 28-foot wide bioswale running up the center…

    • Riding Through Under the El | Theresa Stigale

July 26: Know-Nothings of today | Reality tour of Kensington | Homeless outreach

DNC Day 2, Philly. Stay cool and stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week -- from street protests to politics in the hall.  Speaking at the…

    • A very long line of uberX cars dropping off delegates and journalists at the DNC

Subway was the best way to DNC on Monday, until security shut it down

For most of Monday, the subway was the best way to get down to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates reported taxi and uberX trips to the Wells Fargo Center from Center…

    • Democratic Donkey greeted at 1936 convention as it eats information desk paperwork. | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA
Eyes on the Street

Conventions past: Democrats in Philly, 1936

Once again Philadelphia is the happy host for to a national political convention, and we're taking a look back at conventions held in the city via the Evening Bulletin's photo archives.…

    • South Broad, convention ready | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

July 25: Tim Kaine, urbanist | Silverliner stress tests | South Street embezzlement

It's time to welcome the DNC, Philly. Stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week. Wondering who Tim Kaine is? An urbanist. CityLab lays out Hillary Clinton’s…

    • Center City skyline, Photo by David Swift

A different city, then: Looking back at Philadelphia's transformation for the 2000 RNC as it readies for the DNC

In Republican circles, the “Warehouse Party” is legendary. During every Republican National Convention (RNC), John Boehner throws a four-day party in a secret location somewhere in the host city. It began…

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