History

A Petaled Rose Of Hell: Refineries, Fire Risk, And The New Geography Of Oil In Philadelphia’s Tidewater

As Will Bunch reveals in his Daily News report today, the increasing rail transport of crude oil through the city may be a threat to public safety. In this investigation, Hidden City contributor Christopher Dougherty explores Philadelphia’s dangerous history with oil refining and transport—and contemporary industry changes that are putting increased pressure on local infrastructure

Photography

Fall Foliage Crushing On The Cresheim

The first weekend in November means peak fall foliage in the Delaware Valley—it’s clockwork by nature. While colorful scenes abound from West Philly to FDR Park and back up to Mayfair, perhaps nowhere in Philadelphia makes you want to zip up your autumn sweater and lace up your boots as does the Wissahickon under its annual kaleidoscope. Brad Maule left only footprints and took only these photos along the Cresheim Creek section of Wissahickon Park

Urbanism

Cutler On State Transit Funding, Bike Share & The Future

In just five years, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, under Rina Cutler, has assembled an impressive list of civic accomplishments. But with significant transportation funding in political limbo, SEPTA’s fare system still working on “proof of concept,” and Bike Share a year from launch, there are challenges ahead. Nathaniel Popkin speaks with Cutler and MOTU chief of staff Andrew Stober about the possibilities