The Morning Commute: July 3, 2014

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It's the last day of work! For the holiday weekend, and for me, here at This Old City. Geoff will be taking over the Morning Commute from this point forward, and I will be moving to an undisclosed location you'll all hear about on Monday. I'll still be engaged with TOC initiatives we're cooking up behind the scenes, but will be a less frequent presence on the blog. Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone, and thanks for your passion for world class urbanism in Philadelphia.

1) Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto promises the PUC a fight over ride-share cease and desist. Hearing that Erin Molchany, Wayne Fontana, and Brian Sims and others are working on a legislative solution to override them - a "transportation network" classification in the PUC code.

2) Mariella Segarra looks at how brewpubs can save neighborhoods. To be read as a case for unwinding PA's county quota system.

3) Most transit riders ride the bus. Why doesn't the SEPTA map include color-coded high frequency routes?

4) Duncan Black reminds us of that time in the not-too-distant past that a ward leader held up the reinstatement of the 15 trolley for a year over a dozen illegal parking spaces.

5) In any other city this food truck explosion would be a pretext for an unrelated protectionist crackdown on food trucks.

6) #TBT: CNU's John Norquist makes the case for knocking down I-95 in Philly.

7) Conrad Benner is excellent on "embracing the space."

8) Liz Spikol vs. the Gehry haters. Best line: "It should be noted that Katrina was not Gehry’s fault.."

9) Urban Geek Drinks regular Tim Wisniewski totally hot-dogging it, is Philly's new Chief Data Officer.

10) The lesson from SF Park is that performance parking works when you let the prices float and don't arbitrarily cap them.

Last Updated: Friday, 04 July 2014 @ 09.35
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jongeeting's picture Jon Geeting About the Author:

Jon Geeting is a Philadelphia-based freelance journalist and policy researcher. His writing also appears at Next City, Primary Colors, and Keystone Politics, where he covers politics and elections, land use and transportation, and urban economic policy. He also writes a monthly Political Machine column at Philly City Paper.