Transportation

 By Kailey Meitzler

East Falls: Neighborhood Sees an Increase in Reckless Driving

East Falls: Neighborhood Sees an Increase in Reckless Driving

An increase in fatal accidents in East Falls has brought light to the issue of reckless driving in the area and has brought community members to action. Earlier this year, there were three deaths in a single week, said Meg Greenfield, the first vice president of the East Falls Community Council and longtime East Falls […]

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: ATVs and Dirt Bikes Flood City Streets

Hunting Park: ATVs and Dirt Bikes Flood City Streets

In Philadelphia it is illegal to ride a dirt bike or an all-terrain vehicle on any street, sidewalk or pathway. Nevertheless, as summer dawns on the city, dirt bikes and ATVs fill the city streets. Some riders swarm the streets in packs while others dart in and out of traffic. Many of them ride along […]

 By Connor Showalter and Jade C. McKenzie

Center City: Forum Focuses on City’s Future Options for I-95

Center City: Forum Focuses on City’s Future Options for I-95

Urban highways are changing around the world in order to meet 21st century needs. And now Philadelphia is joining in on the conversation. City planners, officials and residents attended a discussion forum titled, “Reimaging Urban Highways,” on Thursday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The forum centered on the question of […]

 By Elise Bowder

South Philadelphia: Potential Plans for Safer Streets Unveiled

South Philadelphia: Potential Plans for Safer Streets Unveiled

As local residents packed into a tiny room at the Guerin Recreational Center in South Philadelphia, a sense of anticipation filled the air. “This meeting represents a change in culture,” said Mark Keener, an urban designer and member of the Community Design Collaborative. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia held its second public meeting Feb. […]

 By Elise Bowder, Alessandro Satta and Richard Ueberroth

South Philadelphia: On the Road to Safer Streets for Cyclists

South Philadelphia: On the Road to Safer Streets for Cyclists

An estimated 4 percent of commuters who live in South Philadelphia ride their bike to work, making it the most popular biking community in the city, said Sarah Clark Stuart, campaign director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. This figure is twice as high as the Philadelphia average and comparable to cities such as […]

 By Jade McKenzie

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

The city has a new vision of renovation that will try to improve challenged neighborhoods, boost tourism revenue and increase city growth in the next 25 years. In a public meeting, the City Planning Commission released its first two district drafts for West Park and Lower South. The drafts include zoning code changes, future land-use plans […]

 By Kara Savidge

Parkside: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Shapes Future Neighborhood Growth

Parkside: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Shapes Future Neighborhood Growth

Through the Philadelphia 2035 plan, the City Planning Commission is attempting to define a unified vision for the city’s growth over the next 25 years. Beyond this comprehensive plan, the city aims to guide development through individual plans in 18 districts it has divided the city into. The first two district plans, set for completion […]

 By Christine Fisher

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Mayor Michael Nutter visited the construction site at the 40th Street bridge connecting Mantua and Parkside on Thursday afternoon. Nutter visited the site to promote the passage of the Rebuild America Jobs Act and support those involved in the 40th Street bridge construction project. Thursday was a significant day for both the Rebuild America Jobs […]

 By Cory Victorella and Stephen Viafore

Brewerytown: Historical Trolley System Currently Derailed

Brewerytown: Historical Trolley System Currently Derailed

West Girard Avenue is host to the commercial corridor that runs through Brewerytown. Along these stores runs the historic trolleys that helped commuters travel up and down Girard Avenue daily. Recently, SEPTA announced that it will stop the service of the trolleys until Dec. 30, and replace them with diesel buses. The tracks from West […]

 By Natasha Shapiro

Germantown: An Urban Community for the Future?

Germantown: An Urban Community for the Future?

In an era largely dominated by the automobile, communities such as Germantown may be on the right track. The right walking track, that is. Used by architects and urban planners, the website “Walkscore.com” calculates just how walkable specific cities and neighborhoods are to live in. Once an address is entered, the website offers a score […]