September 29: Debating the Papal crowd size | Car-free Philly video | Greening vacant lots with Philly’s immigrant communities

How many people were really here for the Papal visit? Tom Avril at the Inquirer talked to a crowd safety expert who estimated there were just 142,000 on the Parkway on Sunday based on aerial photographs. The Nutter administration says he’s wrong.

Not all Center City businesses were hurt during the Papal visit. Some got creative and brought their operations outside on the street, with great success, reports Michael Klein.

Photographer Cory J. Popp released a beautiful new video of Philly without cars.

Adjua Fisher rounded up photos of runners and cyclists owning the Ben Franklin Bridge this weekend.

Via Patrick Rapa, here’s an audio collage of what the Papal visit sounded like from Philly artist Mikronesia.

Marianne Lavelle at National Geographic looks at how Phiiadelphia’s immigrant communities have been greening blighted lots and turning them into community gardens.

Joe Hernandez has the latest on the Hudson River tunnel project between New Jersey and New York–not in our immediate backyard, but a key transportation infrastructure project at the megaregion level.

GroJLart has a history of the George’s Stop-n-Dine building on the corner of West Philly’s 52nd Street business corridor.

A new study from the Transportation Research Board finds American cities would take up 37% more land area if not for transit.

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