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    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

Amazon HQ2 RFP asks for just one bid per region, so Philly submits three

After Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters earlier this month, promising 50,000 jobs paying an average of six figures and $5 billion in direct investment, Philadelphia and a few…

    • SEPTA Control Center: Market-Frankford El and Broad Street lines

Train derails on Market Frankford elevated line, few injuries reported

A SEPTA Market Frankford elevated line train derailed Saturday morning near Spring Garden Station. A SEPTA spokesman said around 30 passengers were on the train at the time it went off…

    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Four reasons why Philadelphia is gentrifying

Should the city’s politicians ever come to a consensus on what to do about gentrification, a new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia offers guidance on how to address…

    • State Capitol building

SEPTA blasts alarm over GOP House budget proposal’s cuts to state transportation funds

SEPTA officials are all train whistles and bus horns this week, warning that Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget woes now threaten their budget and, therefore, your commute. This week, the Republicans in the…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

City announces task force charged with promoting electric car ownership in Philly

On Friday, Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council announced the creation of a joint task force to study ways Philadelphia can encourage — or at least not impede — city residents’…

    • Taxi | Emma Lee / WHYY

PPA delays 2¢ taxi rate increase, approves new mobile app provider

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board of Directors approved Parkmobile, LLC to run MeterUp, its pay-by-mobile parking app. The previous provider, Pango USA, suddenly stopped services in April. It’s one-cent…

    • SEPTA accident inspectors look over the NHSL train that crashed into the train in front of it at 69th Street

NHSL trains collide at 69th Street Station, 42 injured

All 42 people on board a SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) train were injured when it crashed early Tuesday morning at the 69th Street Station.  The train collided with an empty train…

    • The trail passes behind Bala Cynwyd Park

August 21: Cosmic Ballet | Political Reservations | Booming Bala | Quit bugging me

In case you have been living under a rock: today at 2:44 pm, a solar eclipse. The cosmic ballet goes on. Don't end up like Radioactive Man - make sure you…

    • SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel announces debut of SEPTA Transit Watch APP

SEPTA debuts new mobile app allowing riders to text tips to transit police

SEPTA introduced a new app this morning to advance its “see something, say something” safety campaign. The SEPTA Transit Watch app will allows riders to “to discretely report safety and security…

    • Route 47

Camera shy: Union opposed to SEPTA plan to video monitor employees

SEPTA’s largest union is vowing to fight a proposal for live video monitoring of the transit authority’s employees. Representatives from Transport Workers Union Local 234 will meet with management this week…

    • Brian McIntire evaluates the new user interfaces of the SEPTA Key Fare Kiosk (Kim Paynter/WHYYY)

After hundreds accidentally get multiple Key cards, SEPTA takes a step to fix confusing kiosks

SEPTA is taking a tentative step towards improving the user interfaces on its new fare card kiosks, piloting a new set of screens at its headquarters. If the user experience (UX)…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney welcomes news that the William Penn Foundation will commit up to $100 million to his Rebuild initiative, November 2016. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild begins soliciting nonprofits to oversee rehab construction of city’s libraries, parks and rec centers

Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Tuesday, seeking nonprofits with considerable construction experience and neighborhood connections to help manage the 150-200 rehabilitation projects planned for the…

    • Just one of many riders who accidentally ordered multiple SEPTA Keys, Olivia Duffy with her four cards.

You weren’t the only one: After hundreds of riders accidentally get 2nd Key card, SEPTA pledges to fix kiosks, website

We all make mistakes. Often, they are our fault, a product of our own haste or laziness or stupidity. These are the blunders which we ourselves must own. We end up…

    • 818 Chestnut Street, the first Horn & Hardart Automat

July 28: Visualizing traffic | Topping the tower | Toppling the townhomes | Horn & Hardart

Econsult has a neat visualization of travel flows in Greater Philadelphia based on data from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Mark Dent at Billy Penn turns his eye skyward and…

    • Great Dane Lucian meets bull dog puppy Beau

July 27: Hidden Fairmount | Less Park, Less Drive | Pupside to Gentrification

Need plans for the weekend? Don't worry: Curbed has got you covered with  a list of 17 hidden gems of Fairmount Park. Angie Schmitt over at Streetsblog has the skinny on…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

As Philadelphia’s housing market booms, economists warn the city may be in a bubble—or something worse

Stephanie Somers knows how to throw a party. At an open house for a set of townhouses built out the shell of an 105-year-old rectory, the realtor picked a Prohibition theme.…

    • PATCO entrance

Going up: PATCO to build elevators at six stations

The DRPA board authorized a $31 million, four year project to install eight elevators in six PATCO stations at its monthly board meeting Wednesday. The project will make all PATCO stations…

    • Fliers along Lombard Street in Fitler Square looking for witnesses of a recent car crash that injured a cyclist

Hundreds pack Fitler Square school auditorium to disagree over proposed protected bike lane pilot

City residents gathered Monday evening in Fitler Square to fight over what may be the neighborhood’s most precious commodity: space. Curb-to-curb, Lombard and South Street both sit just 26-feet wide.* On…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

Led by Uber, ride-hailing companies meet wheelchair accessibility threshold

When Uber and Lyft began operations in Philadelphia, most passengers rejoiced as taxi drivers and owners cried. The new competition meant lower prices, a boon for most consumers and bust for…

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