August 25: 52nd St vending upgrades | Terry Egger | Embrace Papal visit | Oil emergency tips | Kensington sinkhole | Highway money for bike/ped infrastructure

Some morning reads for your Tuesday:

Along 52nd Street the long tradition of informal sidewalk vending is becoming more official. Flying Kite explains that the Commerce Department worked with the vendors association to comply with city regulations and operate like actual businesses (with licenses, insurance, and bank accounts). In exchange vendors got summer classes covering subjects like merchandizing and 32 new covered kiosks.

Terry Egger has been named publisher of the Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com. Egger comes to Philadelphia from Cleveland where he most recently lead that city’s bid to secure the 2016 Republican National Convention and was publisher of the Plain Dealer.

The Papal visit next month is a chance for Philly to claim a place on the world stage, argues Jon Grabelle Herrmann in a Citified op-ed. “We should not gloss over the inconveniences that will arise for many. But let’s also embrace the greater good and make the World Meeting of Families the international success story it can be.”

Do you know what to do if Philly experiences a crude oil emergency? Green Philly Blog compiles some tips and info.

At Tulip and Huntingdon, an intersection-sized sinkhole opened yesterday. The cause: a 12-inch water main break.

The Federal Highway Administration says its funds can be used by state and local agencies to build better bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Streetsblog explains that federal highway funds can be used for road diets, protected bike lanes, and bumpouts. Also, the feds confirmed that the AASHTO design standards aren’t gospel – the more progressive designs found in the NACTO guide are a-ok. Read the whole statement from DOT here.

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