Monthly Archives : April 2013

Philagenerosity

Philadelphia is once again upholding its reputation as one of the most generous, charitable cities in America through the 2013 Combined Campaign. The Combined Campaign gives Philadelphia city employees the opportunity to rally together and donate to a variety of charities. City employees choose an organization of their choice, with charities
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PPA RECEIVES ESGR RECOGNITION

Here at the Philadelphia Parking Authority, we’ve always recognized the importance of our employees who also serve our country. When they’re not helping us efficiently run the city’s transportation system, they’re protecting us. Recently, the Pennsylvania Committee for the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized the PPA
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Urban Commuting: Pedals & Petrol

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is committed to making our city better, safer and more accessible—not just for motorists, but for cyclists, too. Philadelphia has twice as many bicycle commuters, per capita, than any other big city in the U.S. With that many cyclists, their safety and rights become just as important
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National Work Zone Awareness Week

This week, we are proud to support National Work Zone Awareness Week, which occurs April 15-19.  As the traditional start of construction season, the U.S. Department of Transportation uses this week in April every year to promote motorist and worker safety. Throughout the week the Federal Highway Administration works with
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Positive Feedback From Local Resident

Often times, the negative feedback that we receive outweighs the positive.  In the midst of trying to keep this city in constant motion, we can sometimes invoke some strong negative emotion in some people with the violations we give out.  It is heart warming and exciting to see the few
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Jacy Good Wants To END Red Light Running

Jacy Good miraculously recovered from a crash caused by a distracted driver in 2008 that also claimed the lives of both her parents.  Through this tragic experience she has set out to educate the country about the dangers of ‘distracted driving’. Now a national public speaker and advocate for
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Parking, It’s Not Just For Cars Anymore

We have a guest blogger!

Ariel Ben-Amos, Senior Planner/Analyst for the City of Philadelphia, took the time to share with us how parking is evolving in our city.

Until a few years ago you would be forgiven for thinking that parking spaces are only good for parking cars.  Six years ago Park(ing) Day Philadelphia, working with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, started turning parking spaces into temporary parks.  In 2012 forty-nine teams created fifty-nine miniature parks across the city.

Park(ing) Day, which started in San Francisco, inspired another creative re-use of curb space, the Parklet.  Parklets are small platforms that take the place of two parking spaces, with seats and tables that allow people to stop, sit and enjoy their neighborhood street life. They can act like a front porch or stoop to hang out on.  These small spaces can make a big difference in a neighborhood. Creating new seasonal pedestrian spaces improves the quality of life in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors.

Philadelphia’s first Parklet was developed in 2011 on a pilot basis with the University City District. The University City District is a special services district who provides cleaning, safety and public safety investments for over 160 blocks of West Philadelphia.  UCD’s parklets were funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, which allowed them to build three parklets, and place them across University City. In 2012 three more parklets appeared across the city, in Fishtown; Logan and Graduate Hospital, funded by a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

All six parklets proved that parklets support both communities and small business. In Logan the local community development corporation premiered neighborhood movie nights on its parklet.  In West Philly, they helped increase foot traffic for small business; one business saw a 40 to 50% increase in business once a parklet was put outside & needed to hire more staff to manage the demand. In another location business rose from 15 to 20%.

Parklets also prove that the with a little creativity and cooperation, organizations such as the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the Streets Department and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities can help communities build vibrant commercial corridors through the creative reuse of parking spaces.

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The Philadelphia Parking Authority is Moving!

  Mark your calendars- the headquarters of the Philadelphia Parking Authority is moving! Since July of 1997 we’ve called 3101 Market Street home, but now we’re ready for a new space and new scenery.  On April 24th, 2013 at 5pm we will close the doors, pack up the trucks and begin moving
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