February 7, 2017: Roosevelt Boulevard, Philly’s worst road l How to use your dollars to support a local textile coop l The Hamilton to break ground in May

Roosevelt Boulevard has managed to become a major thoroughfare that is simultaneously not big enough to accommodate rush hour, quiet enough to encourage speeding in off-peak, and dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists all the time. Billy Penn reports on how the boulevard became what former city transportation planner Andrew Stober calls the “road that doesn’t work for anybody” and what planners see as feasible improvements moving forward. Our Jim Saksa has followed Roosevelt Boulevard’s planning travails for some time now.

The statistics have shown the role of immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia’s population and economic revitalization. During the GOP retreat, Mayor Jim Kenney called for Philadelphians to show off the city’s majority and minority strengths; the Philadelphia Citizen gives us how to take direct action by using local dollars to support a Southeast Asian refugee-run textile cooperative.

After the Civic Design Review Committee approved the project in January, phase one of the Hamilton development in Logan Square is slated to break ground in May. The residential towers, aimed for international students and young professionals, will feature amenities including a library, fitness center and underground parking.

Before he was president, Donald Trump proposed $300 million tower on the Delaware River. It never happened, and now the site is back on the market with plans for four-story townhouses, Jacob Adelman reports.

How do you capture neighborhoods on the cusp of great change? The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s new photography exhibit pairs Shawn Theodore’s photos of Philly’s black community alongside Dawoud Bey’s iconic series of 1970s Harlem.

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