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    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

Lacking federal support, rowing community turns to its own to fund much needed dredge

The Schuylkill River needs to be dredged. From the neoclassical Fairmount Water Works down to Route 1’s modernist Twin Bridges, the river bed has been slowly rising, bringing with it a…

    • Food waste disposer

City explores ways to transform commercial food waste into renewable energy

Everytime you throw scraps of vegetables or leftover food into your garbage disposal, the organic matter gets liquefied and transported through Philadelphia’s sewage system to water pollution control plants, where they’re…

    • Water main replacement at S. Carlisle St. in South Philadelphia

Neighbors in River Wards convene panel of experts over lead poisoning concerns

Concerned by recent reports on the dangers of lead poisoning from contaminated soil, dust, and old plumbing, residents in Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss ways of…

    • Manuel Ortiz said he was not notified of the water main replacement happening in his block in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s building boom gives rise to another hidden lead risk

About five years ago, doctors found high levels of lead in the blood on Manuel Ortiz’s oldest son. Ortiz and his wife were scared. And surprised: Manuel Jr. acted like a…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

The way SEPTA buys equipment is sluggish and outdated, but fixing it means compromise

Last week PlanPhilly reported that SEPTA is expected to award a contract to build bilevel railcars for service on regional rail lines. Today Jim Saksa takes a step back to explain…

    • 31st and Market SEPTA elevator rendering, March 2017 Art Commission

New elevators for SEPTA's 30th Street trolley and El station

Big changes are coming to 30th Street Station. The ambitious Schuylkill Yards project will transform the area, and SEPTA has plans to refurbish one of its busiest stations in tandem with…

    • I-95 construction, 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PennDOT Secretary hopes to connect the planning dots with new initiative

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is a planner, in the professional sense of the word. That slightly unusual fact—most of her predecessors had traffic engineering backgrounds—helps explain her excitement for the…

    • Boardwalk Construction on Schuylkill Banks

What does Trump’s infrastructure executive order mean? No one really knows.

Somewhat lost among the flurry of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week was one “expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects”.  Some infrastructure…

    • Route 47

SEPTA bus and trolley ridership down, even before city transit strike

Like so many others, SEPTA had a rough 2016. Fiscal Year 2016, that is, which ended June 30th—before the Silverliner V crisis sidelined a third of its Regional Rail fleet and…

    • Grays Ferry Swing Bridge | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Public feedback sought on on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge project

Joe Syrnick is entering the New Year swinging for the bridges. At a public feedback open house about the Grays Ferry Swing Bridge this Thursday, Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s President said…

    • Accidental protected bike lane at East Market development

Bill seeks more protection for pedestrians during sidewalk closures

At the last City Council session of the year, Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced a bill, cosponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, to bolster pedestrian safety requirements at construction sites that impede sidewalks.…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Environmentalists boo as SEPTA Board OKs natural gas power plant in Nicetown

SEPTA’s monthly board meeting ended in contained chaos Thursday afternoon as a small cadre of environmental activists protested the board’s authorization of a proposed natural gas cogeneration plant near the Midvale…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rally Friday night and distribute strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Deviated SEPTA: As Nov. 1 transit strike deadline nears, still no deal

Negotiations between SEPTA and its largest union continued over the weekend but accord on a new labor contract remained elusive as Monday’s midnight deadline to avert a strike inched hours closer.…

    • Bend it like Benjamin | Convicted Melon
    • Ditches are not potholes according to the Streets Department's categorization of road defects.

They’re just like you: Council gripes about potholes, but Philly streets may start looking better soon

Today, for nearly two hours, City Council grilled the lone witness testifying before the Streets and Services Committee. Councilman Al Taubenberger pressed on technical intricacies and questioning outcomes across in a…

    • 51st Shade of Grey, dirty window series | Al BeFranke

DRPA Dispatch: PATCO ridership rebounding after bridge work; DRPA finances rebounding after mismanagement work

After a year of constrained schedules due to maintenance work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, ridership on PATCO trains has fully rebounded and may be growing past previous highs. PATCO ridership…

    • Washington Ave - where bike lanes have worn away

Broad coalition forms Vision Zero Alliance to push Kenney on street safety [updated]

Philadelphia should be number one in a race to number zero, says a newly formed coalition of runners, cyclists, motorists, health care providers, business leaders and environmentalists advocating for the implementation…

    • Chinatown's plaza over the Vine Street Expressway

Residents discuss capping Vine Street Expressway, other remedies at U.S. DOT forum

Barrier. Obstacle. Divider. Nobody at last week’s Every Place Counts meeting had anything nice to say about the Vine Street Expressway when asked for one-word descriptions of the submerged highway. But…

    • Street Dreams

Street Dreams: How regular citizens beat bureaucracy to reshape Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, many of the pedestrian, bicycle, and recreational amenities we appreciate were born from resident-driven ideas. In this feature PlanPhilly and SPOKE explore what it takes for citizen-driven projects to…

    • 676 Construction | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

U.S. DOT to cities: New highway projects can mend old scars

In an interview last week with PlanPhilly, U. S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx outlined his efforts to encourage policymakers to rethink how cities deal with inner city highways through the…

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