May 20: Kenney wins | Philly’s first protected bike lane | PlanMaryland | Fergie Tower update

Jim Kenney won the Democratic Mayoral primary, essentially ensuring he’ll become Philadelphia’s next Mayor. Patrick Kerkstra and Holly Otterbein have the Big Think piece you’re looking for on what it all means. Here’s our Q&A with Kenney on city planning issues.

City Council is getting three newcomers–Derek Green, Allan Domb, and Helen Gym–who will replace incumbent Councilmembers Wilson Goode, Jr. and Ed Neilson, and fill Jim Kenney’s old seat. In the two District races, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Kenyatta Johnson fended off primary challenges, Johnson in a landslide. Later, we’ll take a look at what the elections mean for city planning over the next four years. 

This Tumblr has all the different ballots that were out there yesterday.

The Fergie Tower is still in the works, and Property wonders if it might start construction this year.

Via the Bicycle Coalition, the Streets Department released their 2015 bike lane striping plans, which include Philly’s first on-street physically protected bike lanes on Ryan Ave and Frankford Ave.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley may get into the 2016 Presidential race, which is interesting because PlanMaryland (not our sister site!) is considered by many smart growth advocates to be the gold standard for state smart growth planning

Across the river, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney still doesn’t think New Jerseyans can handle pumping their own gas. Read Matthew Yglesias on how the political economy of mandatory full-service holds together. 

The federal government released a guide for cities on protected bike lanes after two years of study.

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