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Chart showing the drop in nitrogen dioxide levels during the Open Streets during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia last month | Department of Public Health

Chart showing the drop in nitrogen dioxide levels during the Open Streets during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia last month | Department of Public Health

  • The health department’s Alison Riley tells Philly mag’s Holly Otterbein that yes, Center City’s air was in fact fresher than usual during the papal weekend. Comparing pollutant levels from 9 AM-9 PM on September 25th, 26th and 27th, “Riley and her team in Air Management Services … found that levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide fell by 42 percent and 17 percent, respectively, on the Saturday that Frank was here. Both pollutants are emitted by cars and trucks.”
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  1. About Commonwealth court upholding language in zoning code on family definition, good as it will help blunt discrimination in extending rental housing to what some landlords with moral concerns may say “unmarried people cohabiting”. To prevent students from living in Rittenhouse, price should be reflected in discouraging student habitation there, plus language inserted in lease to be signed by PARENTS of students holding parents responsible for loud, noisy behavior disturbing the peace and quiet of other residents. Most students including our daughters are very responsible people and associate with like minded people while renting house. It is the bad apples that ruin things for all.

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