Indego Starts Its Second Year

 

An Indego user returns a bike to a dock. | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

An Indego user returns a bike to a dock. | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • Philadelphia’s Indego bike share program turned one yesterday, and Plan Philly’s Jim Saksa was at its birthday celebration (there was cake), where officials announced the system’s expansion with 24 new docking stations, 300 slimmed down bikes, an improved mobile app, and a subsidized membership program. Mayor Kenney spoke of his administration’s basic goal in promoting an equitable distribution of services across neighborhoods; this year’s expansion allocates a slightly larger share to lower-income neighborhoods such Strawberry Mansion, Belmont and Parkside.
  • Naked Philly shares renderings for a six-story, 53-unit mixed used at 1111 South Broad Street, just a couple of parcels south of Bart Blatstein’s proposed megabuild on the northeast corner of Broad & Washington. “Considering that we’re looking at a lot size of just over 10K sqft, the developers are doing an impressive job in terms of density, and on a by-right project no less. Let’s hear it for the CMX-3 zoning designation working out pretty well, for a change.”
  • Curbed Philly relates the findings of a report from SmartAsset that looked at the gaps between American cities’ actual real estate values and what it felt they ought to be when various desirability factors (crime, weather, high school graduation rates, walkability, and unemployment) were consistently applied. By their measure,Philadelphia ranked 2nd, with a $137.39 gap between its actual value (per square foot) of $90.67 and its adjusted value of $228.06.
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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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