October 5: Three cheers for the Broad Street Line | PA Turnpike at 75 | Chaka Fattah backs Open Streets

Sandy Smith says the Broad Street Line was the star of the Papal Visit, easily swallowing larger crowds than it had ever handled prior to the Pope visit. Check out his piece for the ridership stats.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is 75 years old. Eleanor Klibanoff at Keystone Crosstroads looks at some of the towns who won or lost out when it was built.

The Turnpike Commission will conduct a preliminary study of widening the Northeast Extension to six lanes all the way up to the Lehigh Valley, says Dan Sheehan.

Chaka Fattah joins Michael Nutter on the Open Streets bandwagon, reports Julia Terruso.

As the frontiers of Philly’s real estate boom continue shifting outward, the tight market is putting the squeeze on affordable studio space for artists, says Inga Saffron.

Streets and sidewalks blocked by construction fences are killing Philly Cupcake’s business in Midtown Village.

Jeremy Moore spotted one of the new pedal-operated BigBelly trash cans in Point Breeze. Any other sightings?

A western PA jitney service establishes what must be the tiniest little fare schedule in the state, to get in compliance with Act 89, the state’s transportation funding bill.

Alon Levy thinks American transportation planning has a problem with “Not Invented Here syndrome.”

Adam Gopnik reflects on city growth and decay: “We oscillate between ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’ without arriving at a stable picture of something in between.”

 

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