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20 Smart Transportation Ideas Reshaping Philadelphia (and Your Life)

Our city has reached a tipping point. Just look outside, in the streets, where rentable, shareable Indego bikes have come, conquered and multiplied. Meantime, regional […]

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How to Make the El Less Crowded

During rush hour on the Market-Frankford Line, the air is so thick and opaque. Jockeying for centimeters of space and sandwiched between messenger bags and puffy coats, riders on […]

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Why SEPTA Transfers Should be Free

Without a doubt, the most influential transportation project in Philadelphia over the last 40 years has been the Center City Commuter Connection. The tunnel, completed in 1984, […]

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Can This New Plan Finally Fix Philly’s Decrepit Sidewalks?

[Updated 6:50 p.m.] Philadelphia might be ranked the fourth most-walkable city in the country, but the on-the-ground reality for pedestrians in many neighborhoods suggests otherwise: […]

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The Case for Public Drinking Fountains

Quick question: where is the closest public drinking fountain to you at this very moment? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It took me awhile to ponder, […]

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State Bill Would Require Bicyclists to Wear Reflective Clothing at Night

A bill has been introduced to the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee which would require bicyclists to wear highly visible reflective clothing at nighttime under all circumstances. But the safety-minded legislation, sponsored by […]

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The Incredible Potential of Philadelphia’s Neglected Public Pools

This would be a great pool day. I’ve heard it uttered a dozen times this summer, probably more, by friends wallowing in sweat-stained misery or baking […]

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The Urban Pontificate

It’s easy to forget that the Pope wears many hats (or, should I say many miters?). In addition to heading up the richest institution in the […]

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The Tragic Last Days of The Voice’s Anthony Riley

Anthony Riley had been off the map for weeks when, by some random act of providence, I bumped into him outside a greasy-slice pizza joint […]

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London Tube Now Accepting Apple Pay

Apple Pay made its London debut earlier this week, which means that travelers and Brits alike can purchase merchandise at over 250,000 shops with a simple tap-and-go […]

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Slowing Gentrification By Building Up

According to a recent story in Governing, the city of Miami might have found an interesting deterrent against gentrification: Height restrictions on development. Not the creation […]

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Best Way to Help Homeless Families? Give Them Homes

Each year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development conducts a “Point-in-Time” count of the homeless population in areas around the country. The count of Philadelphia homeless […]

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We Live in Amazing Times: In NYC, “Looie” Offers Access to Pristine Bathrooms … for $25 a Month

Ever since the City Toilet on the north end of Dilworth Plaza died a quiet death in 2007, Philadelphians have been on their own when […]

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How the Big Blue Bin Has Made Recycling Awfully Expensive

A recent story in the Washington Post headlined “American Recycling Is Stalling” sent a shockwave through environmentalist circles. America’s recycling business, once lucrative for both cities […]

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A Simple Tool To Save Bicyclists’ Lives

It seems like every week there’s a new list of the most “bikeable” or “bike-friendly” American cities. Lo and behold, Philadelphia makes the Top 10. Cycling […]