Earlier this week Vox ran a great story overviewing the car lobby's creation of jaywalking, and how we as a society took the bait hook, line and sinker, transforming our public streets from dynamic public spaces full of commerce and life into traffic sewers. By prioritizing private car traffic over all others, we've inadvertently robbed our cities of one of their biggest assets, interesting streets we all want to spend time on. Slowly we've begun reclaiming those streets. Though Western Europe is arguably way ahead of us in this realm with Madrid closing off car traffic on many of its downtown streets and Paris soon to implement a car ban, Philadelphia is starting to catch on. We've seen the positive effects even a small intervention like the Grays Ferry Triangle can achieve, creating safe spaces for pedestrians and commerce.
Albert Stumm at the Passyunk Post reports that one of South Philadelphia's most notorious hellscapes is about to get a bit less hellish this summer, with a plan in the works to bump out the curbs a bit in an effort to calm traffic at the intersection of 10th, Reed, and E. Passyunk.