August 23: South Broad Street parking divide | Poverty reduction strategy | Revolutions for Fishtown

If there’s something Philly can’t seem to agree on it’s parking down the middle of South Broad Street. A Philadelphia Citizen / Be Heard Philly poll found 49 percent of South Philly respondents oppose the law which bans parking in the median of South Broad, while 43 percent support it. Of the South Philadelphians who responded 84 percent have at least one car.

How can Philly reduce poverty? Focus on cutting fixed costs for low-income households like housing, food, and utilities, argues a study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Philly Voice notes the report uses Philadelphia as one of its case studies and argues our city would be wise to focus on expanding public transportation access, making commutes easier and more cost-effective.

Fishtown’s stretch of Delaware Avenue continues to shapeshift as an entertainment district. The Business Journal reports that next up Penn Treaty Village will include a Revolutions bowling complex and a Burger & Beer Joint chain.

Architect Mike Ford traces the connections between public housing projects and the birth of hip-hop on The Fader. 

Citizens Planning Institute is accepting applications through September 19 for its seven-week long fall session. Take the plunge and spend your Wednesdays becoming a Citizen Planner.

And mark your calendars: Park(ing) Day is Friday, September 16 and the deadline to reserve your spot is August 31.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.

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