City of Philadelphia

Is Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program Worthy of Hate?

The murals can't be that ugly. Or can they?

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The Surprisingly Complex Art of Urban Wayfinding

Why some signs help you get where you're going while others get you lost.

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Why Chinatown Buses Are Still So Popular

Given other curbside alternatives, why do many intercity travelers remain loyal to the Chinatown service?


Love in a Subway Car

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Philadelphia transit agency is asking couples who met on board to share their stories.


Should the Post Office Be Saved?

Today's business-centric view of the mail system stands in contrast to its historical civic mandate


Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance

When it comes to allocating resources to remove snow, cities can often only guess and hope for the best


Great and Not-So-Great Subway Logos

A look at the best and worst designs from around the world


The Problem with Naming Transit Stations

Commercialism is only one of many reasons for cities not to sell out their stops

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How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers?

The city holds several advantages for creative types, despite its high cost of living


What's a Hockey Game Worth?

Today's NHL Winter Classic has netted cities as much as $36 million in revenue and Philadelphia is hoping to exceed that record


Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

Darla Jackson

Neighborhood Revitalization Tools: Band Saw, Drill Press, Welding Helmet

Empty industrial spaces get a second life as innovative art studios

The Future of Transit Fare Cards Is No Fare Card At All

Chicago and Philadelphia are doing away with fare cards in favor of an "open fare" system


The World's 10 Best Transit Poems

A short list of our favorite verses from public transportation around the globe


Mapping Traffic Fatalities Across the Country

A new interactive map shows where drivers, bikers and pedestrians were killed 

Andrea Bowers & Olga Koumoundouros

The Most Artistic Cities in America

Some smaller neighborhoods maintain surprisingly vibrant artistic communities

Andrew R. Palewski

The Trouble With Church Preservation

When a religious group wants to sell off its house of worship but historians want to save it, who should decide? 

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Greening Vacant Lots Linked to Reduced Gun Violence

A 10-year effort to reclaim vacant lots in Philadelphia yields positive results


America's Best Clean Water Cities

Philadelphia has the nation's best practices according to a new report from the NRDC