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    • One of Lime's electronic pedal-assist bikes. (Lime)

Dockless e-bike share coming to Philly in 2019

In cities around the world, cyclists can tap a smartphone to find and unlock an electric bike, zoom around town, and drop the bike off pretty much anywhere they want. Soon,…

    •  Philadelphia Uber driver consults her phone during her shift. (Jessica Kourkounis for WHYY)

Philly’s parking czar wants to know who’s driving your Uber, says state audit of ride-hailing giant doesn’t go far enough

The head of Philadelphia’s parking agency said he agrees with a state audit calling for better safety measures for Uber passengers, but he said legislators should go much further and impose…

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

Is a crackdown on renegade drivers in Center City speeding up your commute?

Philadelphia commutes are getting faster thanks to a crackdown on cars stopped illegally in Center City bus lanes, according to city transportation officials. From September to January,  the enforcement push resulted…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney and bicycle advocates in front of City Hall.

Kenney: Philly streets 'suck' but city making progress

“Suck” isn’t the usual verb mayors use to describe key elements of the city they govern. But that is exactly the word Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently chose when describing the…

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

Slow your roll: Safety worries could delay electric scooters’ ride into Philly

Philadelphia loves the idea of scooting around on the colorful electrically powered two-wheelers that startups like Lime are sending out on city streets around the world. But at a city hearing…

    • A car parked in a crosswalk. (Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly)

Illegal parkers beware: Philadelphia wants you out of the crosswalk and off the sidewalk

For Bruce McElrath, a car parked in a crosswalk is a major inconvenience at the very least. At worst, it can turn the simple act of crossing the street in a…

    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Strollers pose safety problems for Philly families riding SEPTA

When a mother fell down the stairs and died in the New York subway two weeks ago, parents in Philadelphia reacted with a combination of horror and recognition. Malaysia Goodson’s fall…

    •  UPS has rolled out e-cargo tricycles in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Another city will be announced within the next few months.

UPS is trading trucks for tricycles in some cities. Cargo trikes could roll in Philly too, officials say.

When UPS announced it would start using a battery-powered cargo tricycle to make some of its downtown deliveries, the mayor greeted the plan with open arms. The delivery giant had already…

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Drexel grads pitch Amtrak on new sign: Vintage-style romance with efficiency of new technology

As Philadelphia mourns the pending loss of Amtrak’s beloved clackety departure board at 30th Street Station, one local business has stepped into the fray with a bold proposition. “We would love…

    •  A new Federal Donuts recently opened on South Street at Sixth Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is South Street's retail apocalypse coming to an end?

On a famously eclectic, and lately, unlucky, strip of South Street, a turnaround appears to be in the making. Among the signs of revival on South Street are a gleaming Federal…

    • Najaye Davis cleans signs after they are cut by a laser cutter. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

As Baltimore Avenue changes, new signs honor ‘current history’

Brian Cirksey spent some time walking along Baltimore Avenue earlier this year, talking to people he encountered, and doing some soul searching about what made the popular Cedar Park thoroughfare a…

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Riding the (firing) range: Gunfire keeps new Delaware River trail closed

Mountain biker Stan Needle is a devotee of the Pennypack bike trail. He starts his rides on a rail-to-trail route near his home in Bryn Athyn, enters Pennypack Park,…

    • Septa Bus Advertisement/Emma Lee, WHYY

Judge could force SEPTA to end ban on political ads

A federal judge may force SEPTA to scale back its effort to keep politically charged advertisements off its bus shelters and vehicles when he issues a decision in a free speech…

    • A  2007 photo of a vacant lot at 900 Callowhill Street.

Trump's development tax break presents 'unusual' opportunity for Philly, Drexel fellow says

A 35,000-square-foot lot at 900 Callowhill Street has been sitting vacant for over a year, hosting little more than a patch of weeds as the neighbors wait for hard hats to…

    • A 2006 photo of former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street.

Former Mayor John Street criticizes Kenney's record on preservation; backs new PAC

Former mayor John F. Street has joined the ranks of preservationists who say Mayor Jim Kenney's administration and City Council have failed to make historic preservation a priority in the face…

    • Skaters from FDR Skatepark set up a sign and

Skaters fill potholes left unfixed by city crews

The do-it-yourself or DIY attitude is essential to skateboarding. Few places demonstrate that truth more clearly than FDR Skatepark, a 16,000-square-foot stunt playground that local boarders have painstakingly built up…

    • Lovett Memorial Library, in Mt Airy on Oct 1, 2018.

In neighborhoods and online, library loyalists organize to reverse cuts

For Erica Root and her 7-year-old son Aiden, visiting the Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia used to be a highlight of their week. He took a bookbinding mini-class…

    • The remade Cherry Street Pier will open on Oct. 12.

Inside Cherry Street Pier's $5 million remake

With less than a month and a half left until the scheduled opening of the renovated Cherry Street Pier on Oct. 12, the 99-year-old structure on Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront is…

    • Tony Guido explains features of a composting vessel he helped build for  a Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council design competition.

To vanquish food waste, a competition aims to design and compost

To the uninitiated, it sounds simple enough: Design a cheap, urban-friendly composting device that works at a neighborhood scale — something bigger than a backyard composting bin, but smaller than a commercial system…

    • Kelli McIntyre and Andy Trackman check out walking conditions along Germantown Avenue during a FeetFirstPhilly walk audit.

What a walk along Germantown Avenue reveals: Tough going for pedestrians

Kelli McIntyre stood in light rain on Germantown Avenue, holding a clipboard and watching as car after car ignored a “Do Not Enter” sign and turned up a small street called Ashmead Place. “Somebody just went the…

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