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    • Mayor Michael Nutter, 2011 | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

Mayoral Mobility: How Philly got around, got along, and got by under Nutter

PlanPhilly is taking a look back at Philadelphia during the Nutter Years and down the road at what to expect from the Kenney administration. Jim Saksa offers the next installment in…

    • Parklet | Ryan Collerd, University City District

HUD's Harriet Tregoning sells good urbanism as a competitive edge at DVRPC conference

Jim Saksa and I were on site at the Union League last Thursday, helping the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission ring in its 50th anniversary at their Breaking Ground conference on…

    • The city installed a bike corral outside of Reading Terminal  Market on Filbert Street in 2012.

The economics of bike corrals could have us singing "yippie ki-yay"

“Bob and Barbara’s really needs this,” says Marcus Ferreria of the South Street West Business Association. What’s the “this” in that sentence? A discount of PBR? New bathroom facilities? No. Like…

    • A 52 pulling up to the Park West bus shelter.

Advertising firm will build new bus shelters and street furniture

Philadelphia is finalizing a contract with the national transit advertising company Titan that will result in the replacement of all 300 of the city’s existing bus shelters. The contract will also…

    • The wide, high-traffic Boulevard poses a challenge to pedestrians
Eyes on the Street

City gets $2.5 million to plan Roosevelt Boulevard bus rapid transit

The Roosevelt Boulevard works well for no one. It is a 12-lane nightmare replete with crashes, gnarled with rush hour traffic and inadequate transit options in an era of growing ridership.…

    • Bikes Are the Fastest Mode for Short Trips

Biking is the fastest way to get around Center City. Should cyclists get more right-of-way?

A fun, new web tool created by MIT's Social Computing Group called You Are Here has been making the rounds in the local blogosphere, and it purports to show the fastest…

    • The eastbound South Street Bridge bike lane as it is today

Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities here to stay?

In May, legislation worked its way through City Council to make the Mayor's Office of Sustainability a permanent City of Philadelphia office. That got us wondering what will happen to the…

    • Dilworth Plaza should be completed in the fall of 2014. Photo courtesy of Center City District

Mid-year review: 2014 transportation predictions

This winter PlanPhilly looked ahead at 2014 and noted four exciting transportation-related projects scheduled for completion: SEPTA's New Payment Technology (NPT), bike share, the Schuylkill River Boardwalk and the Dilworth Plaza…

    • Philly's bike share system is set to roll out in spring 2015

Philly Bike Share must pass City Council to advance

The City has promised to launch a bike share system in spring 2015, but Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown says if the legislation she introduced yesterday is not approved, the system could…

    • At key intersections stop bars will be moved back 12 feet from crosswalks

Bike, pedestrian improvements connect Spring Garden Street, Schuylkill River Trail

Long overdue bicycle and pedestrian improvements will soon help people cross from Spring Garden and 25th streets to the Schuylkill River Trail - an early action step in plans for the…

    • Part of the pedestrian triangle between JFK Boulevard, 15th Street and Dilworth Plaza has been barricaded

Philly gets $525,000 for pedestrian safety efforts

Philly’s streets are about to get $525,000 safer. Philadelphia has been selected as one of just three cities across the country to receive $525,000 in federal funding for increased pedestrian safety…

    • Philadelphia Bike Share

Bike share behind schedule but will be accessible without credit card

The roll out of Philadelphia Bike Share is slightly behind schedule, but it is going to be the first bike share system in the country that is accessible to residents without…

    • Double-decker bus wouldn't fit here

Sharing the road: SEPTA, City discuss bus-bike tensions

The conflicts between bicyclists and drivers are long standing and perhaps a bit tired, especially as more pedallers take to the streets. But there is another area of tension that gets…

    • 40th Street Trolley Portal

40th Street Trolley Portal upgrade update

Butterflies and hummingbirds aren’t something most people expect to see in Philadelphia at the spot where four trolley lines intersect before submerging into the gaping mouth of a dark, cavernous tunnel.…

    • Road closed

$16 million slated for city's worst streets

The Philadelphia Streets Department is on track to repair more potholes this winter than it has ever filled in a single season, but it’s not all bad news for the weatherworn…

    • Baltimore Crossing at 48th Street and Baltimore Ave

City solidifies plans for bike corrals, parklets and pedestrian plazas

With all of the slush, snow and polar weather, the last thing on most people’s minds right now is spending more time outside, strolling through greened pedestrian plazas, lingering at one…

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

Shake Shack becomes first business to pay for its bike corral

To the untrained eye, the new bike corral in front of Center City’s Shake Shack may be unrecognizable for what it really is - a former parking space converted into a…

    • bike share area

City barnstorms, answers bike share questions

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) has been making the rounds, spreading the word about bike share.  In the last week and a half, MOTU officials have visited community…

    • Broad Street Station restoration after fire, 1923. Photo credit: Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
Eyes on the Street

"How'd we get here?" Philadelphia's transportation history in photos

This month the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) turns five, and while celebrating its own, relatively short history, MOTU is also paying homage to the longstanding history of transportation…

    • Lily Pond at Longwood Gardens, Photo by Bob Bruhin
Eyes on the Street

October 7-11: The city in the forest lecture | DIY Data Gathering | MOTU @ Nerd Nite | PHS Tree Tenders Training

Here are a few of this week's especially nerdy, plannerly events. Enjoy! LEARN: The City in the Forest, How Urban Nature Changes Lives and Saves the Planet Monday, October 7. 6…

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