The Morning Commute: March 10, 2015


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Slow news day so a half-sized portion of The Morning Commute.


1) The price of a taxi medallion keeps dropping. It was nearly half a million dollars for one. Now bids can start at $50,000.

2) SEPTA Key, the new transit payment system launching this year, will reduce waste and prevent litter too. It turns out all those tokens produced a lot of waste.

3) If you're going to redo your street taking into account Complete Street principles, don't forget handicap accessibility

4) New York City's broken windows theory of policing helped reduce crime there, but at a high cost to police-civilian relations, particularly for people of color. The solution? Practicing broken windows within the police force itself.

5) Oregon leading the way in voter registration reform. Vote by mail and automatically get registered to vote when through the department of motor vehicles. 

Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 March 2015 @ 09.03
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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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