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    • An artist's rendering of a concept for the multi-use path that would incorporate the area's history as a rope-making hub

Proposed Washington Avenue overhaul wins resident support

Maybe it was the fond memories of New Year’s Day parades past evoked by the brigade banners hung along the Mummer Museum’s walls. But after planners from the Delaware River Waterfront…

    • Employees walk through a lobby at Amazon's Seattle headquarters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Wharton Prof: There's no amount of money that would've swung Amazon

Hope can blind people to reality, hindsight is always 20-20, and as the dust settles around Philadelphia’s failed bid to woo Amazon, it’s become clear that the city never really had…

    • A file shot of Philadelphia's submission to Amazon HQ2's RFP.

State, city offered Amazon a $5.7 billion incentive package to build Philly HQ2

On the heels of Amazon’s announcement that it would split its second headquarters into two large satellite offices in Northern Virginia and New York City -- plus a third, smaller office…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)

Philly's Amazon HQ2 loss could be a long-term win for city, experts say

Philadelphia won’t get the 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment that many hoped Amazon would deliver to the city. Instead, its HQ2 package is going to a pair of rival…

    • Schuylkill Banks offers new adopt-a-bench program

From trucks to trails, Philly’s new $181 million bond will pay for improvements citywide

A new dock for dragon boats, HVAC systems for the city’s homeless shelters, and a cap for I-95 along Penn’s Landing are among the capital projects Mayor Jim Kenney will fund…

    • Chamarra McCrorey gives Indego's new e-bikes a test ride on Thomas Paine Plaza

Philly adds electric bikes to Indego fleet

Like Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, Indego has gone electric, adding 10 pedal-assist bicycles to its bike share fleet. Unlike Dylan in ‘65, though, the move is eliciting cheers.…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Inspired by King of Prussia, West Chester ramps up campaign to restore rail service

Down a long, quiet hallway, Jo An Kelton sat alone in Room 2b and called the Advisory Ad Hoc Committee to Reestablish Rail Service to West Chester to order. Two members…

    • Radar Speed Signs on Roosevelt Blvd. northbound approaching Oxford Circle

Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras represent rare bipartisan win

It’s rare that Philadelphia can go more than just a few days without another person being killed in a car crash. Seventy-eight people died last year, and 96 were killed the…

    • Passengers board the No. 9 bus at 6th and Walnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA can't say exactly how much it pays pension fund managers

Why would SEPTA hire two new investment managers when they don't know if the spending will result in any more cash going into the agency's retirement fund? That’s essentially the question…

    • Traffic on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, one of the corridors targeted for improvements in new city plan.

Killing SEPTA transfer fees, charging for parking differently — it's all in Philly's new transportation plan

The City of Philadelphia released what may be its most ambitious and concretely detailed transportation plan yet on Wednesday. Called CONNECT, the seven-year plan details the goals, strategies and tactics officials…

    • Election Day

Free transit on Election Day? SEPTA votes no

A group of civic-minded citizens wants SEPTA to offer free rides on Election Day this year as a way of encouraging voters to show up to the polls. But the transit…

    • Shake Shack bought and installed a bike corral for its Center City location.

City seeks to stop cars from parking illegally in front of fire hydrants by parking bikes there instead

Drivers hate to get parking tickets when they don’t notice an open spot isn’t actually a spot. Cyclists curse when all the bike racks in an area are full. And you…

    • A cyclist tentatively rolls into the street at Belmont and Parkside Avenues.

Life in the slow lane: The bureaucratic nightmare of building a bike network

How long does it take to build a bike lane? Upwards of five years — if not longer — thanks to the all the red tape stuck to the state and…

    • An Old City District rendering shows a redesigned Market Street.

State gives $12M for Philly transportation projects

In a few years time, Market Street in Old City may look brand new, thanks to a $3 million state grant announced Tuesday. The project is one of six Philadelphia projects…

    • Lime is applying for permits to bring its e-scooters to Philadelphia's streets.

False alarm: e-scooters won’t hit Philly until 2019

Over the weekend, Philly Twitter lit up in bright green with reports that Lime, an electric scooter and dockless-bike share company, had begun operations in town. But those e-scooters that showed…

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A Philly-Pittsburgh Hyperloop? State House resolution calls for feasibility study

It’s not hyperbole to say that no contemporary transit proposal has received as much hype as the Hyperloop — Elon Musk’s concept for intercity travel at nearly supersonic speeds seemingly inspired…

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

Philadelphia officials promise crackdown on Center City traffic scofflaws

Philadelphia officials Thursday announced a concentrated crackdown on traffic scofflaws to address Center City’s growing traffic congestion problems. Speaking alongside officials from the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, SEPTA,…

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Grocery stores are popping up in Philadelphia. Don't be fooled, the boom is over

As the sun peaked over the High School for Creative and Performing Arts across South Broad Street, a crowd of more 200 people stood on line in front of a new…

    • Woodland Cemetery petition

Petition wants to make visiting the dead at Woodlands Cemetery safer for the living

Woodlands Cemetery director Jessica Baumert wants people to visit the historic West Philadelphia burial grounds. But those visits shouldn't turn into permanent stays because of the dangerous road conditions right outside…

    • Laura Fredricks reads a statement regarding the settlement with Gold Medal Environmental about her daughter's death.

$6M settlement goes to family of cyclist killed on Philly bike lane while planned safety fixes remain incomplete

The trash hauling company responsible for the truck that struck and killed 24-year-old cyclist Emily Fredricks last November has settled with the Fredricks family for $6 million. In addition to the…

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