October 10, 2015 |
Over the last decade, American cities have been making a concentrated effort to repair the damage done by a century of car-first policies. It hasn't been easy, because so much public territory was ceded to motorists in that period. Streets got wider, sidewalks narrower. Elegant street lamps were replaced with highway lights that cast our neighborhoods in the melancholy shadows of an Edward Hopper painting. But now, urban planners are starting to pile up the wins. They've introduced amenities that encourage the slow-movers - things like sidewalk cafes, parklets, bike lanes, and riverfront trails.
September 3, 2015 |
Philadelphia police are asking for the public's help in finding an East Germantown man who they say shot another man in the head last week in a neighborhood dispute. Chris Miller, 24, also known as George Spain and "Fell," is wanted on aggravated assault charges. About 6 p.m. Aug. 25, police said, Miller walked up to a 29-year-old man who had stopped his car at a stop sign at Woodlawn and Bloyd Streets in East Germantown. The man made it through the intersection, then heard a gunshot and blacked out, he told police.
July 15, 2015 |
TWO CYCLISTS riding Indego bikes got a taste of life in the fast lane when they cruised down Interstate 676 Sunday night. A video captured by a driver's dashcam shows the pair using Indego, the city's bike-sharing system, heading westbound around 10 p.m. Neither of the cyclists appears to be wearing a helmet as they ride between the edge of the far-right lane and a concrete barrier. Mervin Choun, the driver who filmed the video, said he was heading to his Brewerytown home when he noticed the traffic slowing down near the interstate's 8th Street entrance.
June 26, 2015
I WAS AFRAID for a while Philadelphia City Council wouldn't come up with the funds to close the school-funding gap. Well, Council didn't, just $70 million of the $103 million Schools Superintendent William Hite had requested. The remaining deficit will come (we hope) from Good Gov. Wolf, handcuffed by a tax-averse Republican Legislature. Where will Philly's $70 million come from? It is reported $50 million will come from a 4.5 percent property-tax increase, $10 million from an increase in the use-and-occupancy tax on commercial property (I'll let the Chamber of Commerce worry about that)
December 21, 2014 |
After five years, New Jersey's pilot red-light camera traffic program came to a quiet end. But the debate continues on whether the controversial experiment improved safety or was just a cash cow for municipalities that raked in millions from frustrated motorists. Six municipalities in Camden and Gloucester Counties installed cameras at nine intersections in South Jersey under the program, which began in 2009. The cameras nailed hundreds of thousands of motorists blowing through intersections when the light was red. At $85 each, the citations pulled in millions of dollars in fines for more than two dozen municipalities, which were allowed to keep the bulk of the money to add to their coffers.
November 4, 2014
THE BUREAU OF Administrative Adjudication. I always loved the sound of the name, if not the process. That's where you go to fight your parking tickets, and that's where I went last week with Brian Yan, a guy fighting for a principle. In August, I reported that Yan, 38, had pulled into a parking space in Center City and was ticketed before he could walk to the curb. He filed an appeal the day he was ticketed and received a response the same day, saying it had been received. A month later, he got a letter saying his appeal was rejected - he thought he had filed an intent to appeal - and that he must pay $36, or he could appeal again.
October 16, 2014 |
PAUL DiMAIO screamed and screamed into his phone. Maybe it was for a few minutes, maybe more. Time had lost all meaning. His panicked cries came out small and tinny on his wife's cellphone, lost among the unnerving sounds of a highway on Monday afternoon - the whooshing of passing motorists, and the wail of an approaching ambulance. Moments earlier, Lisa Taylor DiMaio had been chatting with her husband about their family. The conversation came to a sudden halt just before 4 p.m. when a black sedan cut in front of her Jeep Liberty on a southbound lane of I-95, not far from State Road.
August 24, 2014 |
A computer malfunction has saved about 17,000 motorists, including hundreds in four South Jersey towns, from getting $85 tickets for running red lights. The company that operates red-light cameras for 17 New Jersey towns, American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., has notified the state that a computer glitch occurred between May 28 and June 30 and resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations that had occurred earlier this year. Under state law, if a ticket is not served within 90 days, it must be dismissed.
April 29, 2014
CAMDEN COUNTY PATCO riders and motorists who use the Ben Franklin Bridge can talk to DRPA officials at three public meetings next month. The meetings are being held to provide more information about expected delays for both train commuters and motorists caused by a two-year, $103-million track construction project on the bridge. Those delays will increase on Friday, as single-tracking will last from 5:30 a.m. on Fridays until 4:30 a.m. on Mondays. Then, in early June, one track will be closed all day, every day, for 60 days.
March 28, 2014 |
Pennsylvania motorists, already facing higher prices at the gas pumps, will see some vehicle fees rise next week, courtesy of the transportation-funding law approved last year. Act 89, the transportation measure advocated by Gov. Corbett and narrowly approved by the legislature in November, will provide about $2.3 billion more a year by 2018 for better roads, safer bridges, and improved public transit. This year, the revenue will be about $350 million, but it will increase each year as taxes and fees rise.