Cars Losing Their Clout On South Street West

 

South Street West's bike/ped trifecta: Parklet, bike corral, Indego station | Photo: Marcus Ferreira, for Eyes on the Street

South Street West’s bike/ped trifecta: Parklet, bike corral, Indego station | Photo: Marcus Ferreira, Eyes on the Street

  • Marcus Ferreira, a board member of the South Street West Business Association, explains on Eyes on the Street how he and others were able to “beat the narrative that streets are for cars” and bring a trifecta of alternative curbside uses to the 1500 block of South Street: a parklet, a bike corral, and as of Friday, a 19-pod Indego station—all for the price of 5 parking spots.
  • Meetings will begin this week that seek to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the safety of Roosevelt Boulevard, says NewsWorks. “It’s unacceptable the past five years there have been almost 3,000 reportable crashes that have resulted in 50 fatalities, 20 of which were pedestrians on the boulevard,” says Mayor Jim Kenney last week as he announced the $5 million, three-year long “Route for Change” planning process.
  • Last week the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC) began phase one (spring planning) on its Roxborough Pocket Park adjacent to the renovated Allison building at Ridge & Krams Avenues, reports the Roxborough Review. “The planting of 14 trees and 33 shrubs along with mulch for four planting beds in the pocket park is being overseen by the project designers Groundswell Design Group and is funded in part by the Philadelphia Water Department and the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund.”
  • In its continuing effort to make nice with the surrounding North Philadelphia communities, CBS Philly reports that Temple University has increased security patrols of off-campus housing in order to cut down on the vandalism, assaults, and disorderly conduct associated with student weekend parties.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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