In case you missed it: This week’s good reads about Pennsylvania’s cities

     The Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogis take on the racing presidents of the Washington Nationals between innings of a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    The Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogis take on the racing presidents of the Washington Nationals between innings of a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Ah…summer! Baseball, water fun…and a budget impasse. Catch up on this week’s Pennsylvania city news.

    Getting around

    Unless you’re one of those people who really enjoy circling around until you find a parking spot, read this story about a real-time parking app that’s been launched in London.

    Think wider lanes mean safer traffic conditions? Think again. (CityLab)

    Two-wheel city, not motor city: Detroit’s bike culture takes hold. (NextCity)

     A Philadelphia official defends the lowly sidewalk. (PlanPhilly)

    Politics

    One group’s solution for the budget impasse at the Capitol involves property tax relief. (WITF)

    And another involves a veto override. (Newsworks)

    Nonprofits are starting to feel the pinch, as the budget impasse continues at the capital. One group in York took out a line of credit. (Newsworks, York Dispatch)

    A judge has found that Pennsylvania’s rules for third-party candidates are unconstitutional, and said part of the reason is that third-party candidates  have to file far more signatures than major party candidates to get on the ballot. (Newsworks)

    If you can’t build it, they won’t come: The commonwealth is fighting a suit over stalled building code updates. (Newsworks)

    Water and waterfronts

    Keystone Crossroads is putting the final touches on a series looking at urban waterfronts in the state. Reporter Emily Previti previews the series. (WITF Smart Talk)

    This waterfront playground under construction in Scranton claims to be the first natural play area in the state “built almost entirely of materials found in nature, such as wood, straw and clay.” (Times-Tribune)

    Read this, and you’ll never take water fountains for granted again. (CityLab)

    From mule towpath to river trail, with over a million walkers, bikers and runners expected. (Reading Eagle)

    Take me out

    Do you agree? One survey finds Pittsburgh’s PNC Park second to none for baseball fans. (Post-Gazette)

    Haverford College: Light in sports, but dominant in grads getting prominent baseball-related jobs. (New York Times)

     And…

    Here’s a cool map showing where businesses have grown in Pennsylvania.

    Happy reading!

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