March 17: MQS’s dream challenger | Reopening Franklin Square | New tactical urbanism book

Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez scored quite the primary challenger in Manny Morales, who’s been curating something of a dream opposition research dossier for her on his Facebook page. 

To reach for a planning connection, this photo Morales reposted which compares a black man jaywalking to a wild animal calls to mind the motor industry’s propaganda campaign to make jaywalking a crime, and turn jaywalkers into objects of ridicule.

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s campaign confirms that powerful electricians’ union boss John Dougherty told Johnson he’d spend $1 million to defeat him after Anthony Williams declined to endorse John’s brother Kevin Dougherty for state Supreme Court. 

DRPA estimates that reopening the Franklin Square PATCO “ghost” station would be more expensive than anticipated, and would not increase ridership.

The city broke ground on a $1.2 million upgrade for Vernon Park.

Mike Lydon’s new book on tactical urbanism is coming out soon.

The first big national study on “interested but concerned” cyclists shows cities need to up their protected bike infrastructure game if they want to unlock more ridership.

A case against Sheriff Jewell Williams is going to trial uncomfortably close to election day this fall.

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