The Morning Commute: April 1, 2015


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The founder has been under the weather for quite some time. Apologies for the lack of posts. Here's a half-sized post for today.


1) Stockholm has been implementing Vision Zero, a program to reduce road deaths, for 20 years. Stockholm is beginning to look at version 2.0 of Vision Zero.

2) Income inequality and housing... the direct connection. Remember this next time a NIMBY complains about shadows and parking and wants to reduce the density of a proposed development.

3) Queens' "Boulevard of Death," which we've mentioned previously on the blog, is getting a reboot. Protected bike lanes are just one of the interventions coming.

4) No surprises here. Council to Nutter: Find another way than a 9% increase in property tax to fund Philly's budget shortfall this year. 

5) Firm that once sold it's Center City portfolio, is getting back in.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 01 April 2015 @ 09.15
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geoff's picture Geoff Kees Thompson Founder + Urban Planner Website: About the Author:

Other than time away from Philly studying his masters in Urban Planning in the Netherlands, Geoff has lived here since 2005. He founded This Old City to advocate for better public space as a means to economic development, improved public health, lower crime and a more environmentally sustainable future. He currently sits on the Executive Board of SOSNA and is the head volunteer gardener for Saint Mark's Church at 1625 Locust Street.


He is also Chair of The 5th Square PAC, an organization committed to voter education and the funding of progressive urbanist candidates for Philadelphia's future. 


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