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    • The sidewalks on Naima Miller's Point Breeze block are slanting, cracked and sinking. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Spring is sidewalk season in Philly but watch your step — those cracks aren’t getting fixed

Naima Miller remembers the exact crack on the sidewalk where she twisted her ankle four years ago. She was walking to the store when she tripped on the broken pavement in…

    • Litter blows on Germantown Avenue. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly names 6 neighborhoods for street cleaning experiment

Philadelphia, a city whose name has become nearly synonymous with litter, is launching a first-of-its-kind sanitation pilot effort that will seek to clean up six particularly trash-strewn sections of the city.…

    • Image Description: Philadelphia Water Department workers excavate at the intersection of 5th and Chestnut. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Broken pipe closes 5th Street in heart of Old City for 2 weeks

Don’t even try to use a car in Old City this weekend. The Philadelphia Water Department has closed South 5th Street between Chestnut and Walnut  in hopes of preventing a road…

    • A city street sweeper cleans Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly street cleaning pilot will 'blow trash into street' to bypass parking issues

The city has revealed the first details about a planned street cleaning pilot project that will endeavor to improve Philadelphia’s lackluster litter collection efforts. The new information comes the same week…

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PPA makes millions ticketing drivers for blocking street sweepers that rarely show

Why is the Philadelphia Parking Authority ticketing cars for blocking street sweepers — on streets the city doesn’t actually sweep 75 percent of the time? Ryan Briggs and Aaron Moselle answer…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Needle drop boxes have been installed at SEPTA stations in Kensington. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Needle drop boxes land in Kensington parks and SEPTA stations

Sharps deposit boxes are Philadelphia’s newest tool in its four-week-old recovery campaign for opioid-plagued Kensington. Last week, the Philadelphia Public Health Department installed seven of the safe syringe disposal bins at…

    • Residential parking permit, Philadelphia Parking Authority
Eyes on the Street

Floating a solution to Philadelphia's parking-space quandary

Philadelphia has a parking problem. At face value, we have a tremendous number of spots: 2,172,896 at the most recent count. However, an absolute number is meaningless. Who cares about…

    • The intersection of 10th and Walnut streets Tuesday, after the water main broke. (Trenae Nuri/WHYY)

Damages from water-main break expected to exceed $500,000 liability limit

Since a massive water-main break flooded the streets of Midtown Village Tuesday morning, Kate Moroney Miller has had one really bad Time. Time is the name of one of the Sansom…

    • buffered bike lane chestnut

New City Council bill threatens progress on Philly's bike lanes

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced a bill on Thursday that would shift more control of Philadelphia’s bike lane infrastructure to council and away from the city’s planners and traffic engineers. The…

    • Cars regularly stop in Philadelphia's bike lanes that aren't

After cyclist’s death, Philadelphia to upgrade bike lanes on South, 27th Streets

On Wednesday, the city announced plans to upgrade the bicycle lanes near the South Street Bridge by adding flexible delineator posts by “mid 2018.” The existing, painted bike lanes on 27th…

    • Bicyclists forming a

After cyclist’s death, protesters form “human-protected bike lane” to demand long-delayed street safety improvements

Around 100 cyclists and traffic safety activists formed a human bike lane this morning near the site where a 24-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a privately operated garbage truck…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with the Vision Zero Task Force. Not pictured: A single member of City Council

With Vision Zero Action Plan, city outlines strategy for making residents care enough about traffic safety to accept slower streets

At a press conference in the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall, the Vision Zero Task Force announced the release of its Action Plan, a three-year, multi-pronged approach to drive…

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During the mayoral campaign, Kenney promised to build 30+ miles of protected bicycle lanes. Almost 2 years later, where are we?

In the 2015 mayoral race, then-candidate Jim Kenney pledged to build more than 30 miles of protected bicycle lanes in Philadelphia, to accompany the more than 400 miles of unprotected bicycle…

    • A cyclist and drivers cross the Chestnut Street Bridge. PennDOT plans to move the bike lane to the left side during reconstruction.

Major rehab of Chestnut Street Bridge will close it for a year starting summer 2019, PennDOT says

Construction over the Schuylkill River is never an easy process for Philadelphia. And now, the bridges in Center City that have gone without repair for decades are finally getting a long…

    • 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…

    • A line of cars parked in the median on South Broad Street (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Judge tosses challenge to tradition of parking in the middle of South Broad

On Wednesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Anders dismissed the lawsuit from the urbanist advocacy group 5th Square, which sought to force Philadelphia police and the parking authority to enforce the…

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City Councilwoman trying to turn West Philly 'buffered bike lanes' temporary

The first parking-protected bike lane in Philadelphia has been dedicated, but a City Councilwoman is stirring up controversy.  The protected bike lane re-organizes Chestnut Street between 45th and 33rd streets. Instead…

    • 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’…

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