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You are viewing 10 articles for June 2019 by the author Darryl C. Murphy

    • 2018 11 19 e lee philadelphia i95 smog

New study finds elevated risk of pollution exposure in some of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods

Some of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods come with a risk of increased exposure to auto-related air pollution, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The group which…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Report: Congestion costs Philly $152 million a year

Philadelphia drivers have a reputation for road rage and SEPTA  just gave them a new reason to be ticked off.  A new study commissioned by the transit agency found local households…

    • 2019 06 20 k paynter amy sherald mural 2

'She Had A Special Energy': North Philly Teen Inspires 6-Story Mural by Michellle Obama's portrait artist

Najee Spencer-Young is one of the few who can call Michelle Obama a peer. The aspiring hairdresser from North Philadelphia and the former first lady share a rare status. Both have…

    • Verve S CEO Kevin Thompson and COO Naim Statham pose with their scooters at Statham's restaurant. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Philly natives enter the e-scooter wars with $100k homegrown startup, Verve S

Six pallets stacked with long, flat boxes containing the battery-powered two-wheelers sit along the perimeter of the not-yet-open Feltonville eatery. Statham, 36, and his business partner and friend Kevin Thompson, also…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney signs speed camea bill flanked by advocates from AARPPA and other groups. (AARPPA / Yocasta Lora)

City: Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras to be live by end of year

Speed cameras will be watching over Roosevelt Boulevard by the end of 2019, city officials said Wednesday. The cameras are coming to a 12-mile stretch of Roosevelt between 9th Street and…

    • Bikes from three different dockless bike providers share a seattle street photo credit joe mabel original

Philadelphia to see dockless bike rentals as soon as this fall

While the future of e-scooters in Philadelphia hangs in the balance, the city is moving forward with a pilot program for dockless bike sharing with proposed regulations. Barring any requested…

    •  A sinkhole in Baltimore Avenue at 43rd Street was caused by a faulty sewer pipe. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Massive sinkhole will disrupt Baltimore Ave. traffic another 3 weeks

That is not a swimming pool under construction in the middle of Baltimore Avenue in Philadelphia. One week after city workers discovered a 400-square-foot cavern just below the asphalt on Baltimore…

    • (Danya Henninger / Billy Penn)

SEPTA nods to customer feedback, reduces Key Card minimum load to $1

Your basic donut, a Wawa coffee, a cigarette from a stranger, and now, a SEPTA Key card boost.   A buck is the new minimum travel wallet load on a Key…

    • Thousands packed the west end of South Street Sunday afternoon for the annual Odunde Festival. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Odunde still drawing new fans, 44 years after first street festival

Alex Sierra stumbled upon Odunde. He and his family travel to Philly from their home in Brooklyn often, he said, but didn’t know about the massive African-American street festival until it…

    • One of SEPTA's new electric buses. (Darryl Murphy)

SEPTA goes electric with 25 new ‘battery buses’

SEPTA is driving into the future with a smaller carbon footprint.   A new fleet of 25 electric buses hit Philadelphia streets this week and more are to come in the…

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