July 29: East Passyunk gateway update | Big win for Schuylkill River Trail | Lane width and safety

In line with what Jim Saksa reported last month, Patrick Kerkstra says sources in the Nutter administration would like to be more forthcoming with the public about the Papal visit security plans, but are “being prevented from doing so by the Secret Service, the World Meeting of Families and Vatican security officials.” 

PMC Property Group purchased a four-block strip of land along JFK Blvd between 20th Street and the Schuylkill River for $28.5 million, Jacob Adelman reports.

The crew over in the Greater Phila. Planners, Urbanists, and Designers Facebook group dug up a lot more info about this site.  

The final link of the Schuylkill River trail connecting Philadelphia to Phoenixville is finally open.

Tom Sietsema at the Washington Post got out of Center City for his review of Philly’s culinary scene, and the resulting piece is better than most in this genre. He also correctly identifies the roast pork sandwich as the Philly sandwich that matters.

The E. Passyunk gateway upgrades at Broad are proceeding nicely, says James Jennings. Check out the photos. 

ZBA approved a new mixed-use building for E. Girard Ave.

12-foot travel lanes are really unsafe in urban areas. 

Tom Wolf’s nominee to the Delaware River Port Authority board isn’t ready for prime time.

Bob Casey wants a provision allowing longer trucks on the nation’s highways removed from the Senate transportation bill, citing safety concerns.

The craze of decorating ugly utility infrastructure continues with this campaign to turn parking meters into works of art.
 

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