April 6: Mayor’s race dead heat | How to use bike share | The decline of walking to school

A PPP poll commissioned by Forward Philadelphia PAC, who are backing Jim Kenney, says the Mayoral race is a dead heat between Kenney and Anthony Williams. Take partisan polls with a grain of salt, but PPP is a well-respected pollster and the MOE was only +/- 3.7%.

NLNA’s zoning committee wants Stockton Real Estate Advisors to trim 20 feet off their proposal for a 75-story office building on Spring Garden and 3rd, a block from the El on the Finnegan’s Wake site. The property is zoned CMX-2, so Stockton is requesting a height variance, and NLNA wants to hold the plan to CMX 2.5 zoning. The Planning Commission has recommended a transit-oriented development overlay district for this area.

The Edward Corner building at Delaware Ave and Shackamaxon is coming down, and Core Realty is proposing a 12-story apartment building for the site, with 180 apartments, 12 townhouses, first-floor retail, and 205 parking spaces.

Inga Saffron says Washington Square West’s expanding housing market is encroaching on workspaces in Jeweler’s Row, Philadelphia’s original long-standing maker-space.

Theresa Everline looks at the design challenge plans for Petty’s Island, in the middle of the Delaware.

The PPA has impounded over four dozen Uber X and Lyft drivers’ cars, and they’re not backing down until the state law changes.

Billy Penn staff went to the bike share preview, and this post walks you through how to use Indego, Philly’s bike share system.

ITDP Mexico has a cool animated video short explaining how minimum parking regulations undermine urban places.

“Just a few short decades ago, it was estimated that almost half of all children walked to school each day…Unfortunately, it is now estimated that only 10% of children walk to school today.”

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