Green infrastructure, green bike lanes, zoning update and “Ask The Mayor”

Philadelphia’s green infrastructure is getting noticed nationally. In a Time Magazine piece called “Street Smarts,” the city’s approach to stormwater management is highlighted as best practice and budget-conscious. [via PhillyWatersheds]

Green-painted bike lanes are coming to the South Street Bridge, from S. 33rd Street to S. 27th Street according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Expect to see Streets Department crews painting starting next week, and don’t be surprised by temporary lane closures due to painting.

City Council concluded public hearings on zoning code reform yesterday. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey was there and gives a full rundown. The Inquirer says that Council is zoning in on a fall vote.

Last night Mayor Michael Nutter spent an hour answering questions submitted via email and Twitter on a televised town hall called Ask The Mayor. Some favorites – On a question about litter “We’d like Philadelphians to be less trashy” on a question about deadbeats who owe property taxes (not people who want to pay but can’t): “We’re going to chase them until the end of time.” NBC Philadelphia has a roundup of social media responses to the mayor’s responses.

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