December 17: Next gen car share | Traffic enforcement slackening | Observation deck

Philly police are on pace to write about a quarter of the traffic tickets written in 1998, despite an increase in pedestrian injuries, and enforcement of traffic tickets is basically a joke, according to an Inquirer analysis.

DC bike share is on the verge of unionizing. “To not have unionization happen now we would need to suddenly lose 37 percent of the supporters we’ve got,” says bike checker Ursula Sandstrom.

Renting rides in other people’s cars remains controversial, but rental companies like Zipcar and Car2Go are encountering fewer regulatory confrontations with cities. Car2Go isn’t in Philly yet, but the difference with Zipcar is that they offer one way rentals. You don’t have to return the car to the same location where you picked it up.

Philly will get its first large-scale observation deck, 57 stories up at One Liberty Place, in summer of 2015.

Is there a city project you read about on PlanPhilly that you want to see get off the ground sooner rather than later? Go comment on DVRPC’s 2016 Planning Work Program. “The Work Program is developed annually by the DVRPC Board with its planning partners to reflect the region’s short-range planning needs.”

There’s a preliminary agreement for the redevelopment of the SS United States.

A look at the national multi-family housing starts and completions shows there are still a whole lot of units left to come on the market, and the starts don’t yet appear to be levelling off, despite a (possibly seasonal) dip in the last quarter.

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