November 5: Kenney on SEPTA | Latham hotel conversion | Rendell, cheerleader | Tow-Libs

Jim Kenney says he’ll keep riding public transit as Mayor to keep his finger on the pulse of the city, says Katie Colaneri. I guess that means we won’t catch Kenney parking on the City Hall apron.

Michael Bruder had a little adventure in one of SEPTA’s ghost subway stations. Note: this is super illegal, but Sandy Smith has instructions on finding the entrances.

Pearl Properties is buying the 14-story Latham Hotel on 17th and Walnut, and plans to renovate it with 144 apartments, reports Jacob Adelman.

Surprise, surprise: CBS reports infrastructure enthusiast Ed Rendell is cheerleading for a new Temple football stadium.

Daniel Sigmans got a preview tour of the new addition to Rodeph Shalom.

OCF Realty wonders why developers withdrew a variance request for a new mixed-use building on the 1600 block of Ridge Ave in Francisville.

Ptah Gabrie wants to know what’s up with the new aggressive towing practices at the lot behind the Piazza in Northern Liberties. 

Bond rating agency Moody’s is worried about the impact of a prolonged state budget impasse on PA’s cities, reports Emily Previti. 

Rachel Dovey at Next City says business-as-usual bike planning (i.e. no protected facilities) is failing low-income cyclists.

The House of Representatives rejected an amendment to the transportation funding bill that would have allowed even heavier trucks on the nation’s highways, The Hill reports.

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