August 24: Bike-transit plan | Pope construction prep | Divine Lorraine’s draw | Oval season over | Market Square | Road Diet explainer

The last week of August is upon us. Make it a good one. Meantime, your Monday morning reads:

As Philly’s transit ridership and bicycling rates keep climbing, SEPTA is trying to plan for ways to better link biking and transit. Next City looks at SEPTA’s rare transit-cycle integration plan, which seeks to address issues like inadequate bike parking at transit stations, making room for bikes on transit, and better bike infrastructure links to transit stations.

Will construction projects have to go on hiatus during the Pope’s visit? The Business Journal reports that simply getting construction workers to sites appears to be the biggest hurdle.

Just what is it about the Divine Lorraine that moves us? David Gambacorta explores our fascinations with the abandoned leviathan of North Broad, about to be resurrected.

The summer 2015 season at The Oval ended on Sunday. The Inquirer bids the park pop-up on Eakins Oval farewell.

How did Germantown’s Market Square come to be? Inga Saffron looks at the square’s history as a public commons, and a 1950s attempt to reclaim the area’s Colonial history through a series of remodels.

Curious about just how road diets work? Walkable City author Jeff Speck leads us on a video tour walking through a few common scenarios.

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