May 28: Pedal-operated trash cans coming | Majority leader intrigue | DiCicco’s case for median parking enforcement

The Streets Department promises you eventually won’t have to touch those nasty Big Belly trash can handles anymore. Pedal-operated cans are coming.

In addition to all the new construction planned for Chestnut East, there’s a lot of interesting smaller scale rehab action happening too.

A new study finds that crash rates escalate as lane widths exceed 10.5 feet on city streets. 

Councilman Bobby Henon is rumored to be eyeing the Council Majority Leader position, currently held by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

GroJLart on the history of the Bellevue Court building, home of Tiffany’s.

For Throwback Thursday, that time in 1997 when the Third District Police, with the support of then-Councilman Frank DiCicco started ticketing people parking on the Broad Street median, on safety grounds (h/t Jake Liefer).

An interesting debate for cities as well as states: does the “laboratories of democracy” model lead to real state policy innovation, or is federalism more like a Xerox machine of democracy?

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