September 11: Surgeon General tells cities to #StepItUp on walkable development | Philly renters looking to buy | DC’s Papal problems

The Surgeon General issued a rare call to action to planning and transportation professionals and local government leaders to design neighborhoods and streets for walkability and physical activity. 

House Democrats are lining up to protect bike and pedestrian funding in the transportation funding bill.

Former Maryland Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley came to Philly for a fundraiser, talked about the need for the next President to focus on cities, and sang a Pogues song.

Zillow finds Philly renters are feeling more confident about buying a home in the next 12 months.

The city is going to start towing vehicles in the restricted Papal security zones as of September 20th.

The Grays Ferry Triangle gets some love on the Project for Public Spaces list of the nation’s top “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” placemaking projects.

Brad Copeland wants to stay the course as the new Executive Director at Mt. Airy USA.

City Ave District is hosting a car-free day on September 16th.

Washington, DC is dealing with their own Papal event management problems. 

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