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  • 16 Oct 2023 2:48 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Nobody likes getting a parking ticket, but despite issuing more than 1.5 million of them last year, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) was just named as the Best of Philly 2023 City Agency by Philadelphia Magazine.

    Beyond the Curb | Parking & Mobility % (

  • 16 Oct 2023 2:28 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    For those who would like to speak to a local, supportive interfaith leader about your experiences and feelings of distress due to the current crisis in the Middle East, support is available.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Philadelphia WARMline is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can call 844-PHL-HOPE (1-844-745-4673) to reach out for support, and a trained faith leader will return your call. 

    Supporting our community in response to the situation in Israel and Gaza | Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services | City of Philadelphia

  • 16 Oct 2023 12:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    A longtime SEPTA rider, a native of Philly, offers this advice to newbies: “Develop the ability to maintain tranquillity in the face of frustration.”

    So you’re new to SEPTA ... Here’s how Philly’s transit system can get you (almost) anywhere (

  • 27 Sep 2023 2:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Beginning Friday morning, SEPTA riders will be able to tap a credit or debit card or flash a smartphone wallet to pay for trips on transit trains, trolleys and buses — a long-awaited technological leap.

    SEPTA riders can pay with credit or debit cards and phone apps starting Friday — really! (

  • 25 Sep 2023 4:07 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 free at-home tests from again. Here's what you need to know about your order:

    • Limit of one order per residential address
    • One order includes #4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests ( has more details about at-home tests, including extended shelf life and updated expiration dates)
    • Orders will ship free starting the week of October 2, 2023

    COVID Home Tests | USPS

  • 21 Sep 2023 3:58 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

  • 25 Aug 2023 11:34 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    By now you’ve likely heard of the contretemps that occurred earlier this week at Rittenhouse Square where three individuals displaying their artwork without a permit were asked by the Philadelphia Police to relocate to another part of the Square.

    The individuals refused, and while the details of what subsequently transpired vary depending on the source, this much is certain: Rittenhouse Square is a public space, with numerous competing interests and needs, and it’s no simple task to adjudicate such complexity.

    We whole-heartedly support the Police in this difficult effort, in particular Officer Troy Brickle, whose beat includes Rittenhouse Square.  We personally know Officer Brickle to be enormously professional and fair-minded, and thoroughly sensitive to the various contexts in play.  We are most fortunate to have him and the 9th District Police Dept., and they have our total support.

  • 16 Aug 2023 11:30 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Federal student loan payments will resume in October 2023. You will get your bill, with your payment amount and due date, at least 21 days before your due date.

    Read below for more information.

    Federal Student Loan Payments: What You Need to Know | Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity | City of Philadelphia

  • 19 Jul 2023 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    A funny thing happened in Center City after World War II. Streets engineers were trying desperately to find a way for the city to accommodate all the new cars that were on the road, driving in from the suburbs every morning. They even had the thought to rip up Rittenhouse Square and install a massive underground garage below the park and then plant some trees that were never going to get very big and call it an improvement. CCRA was founded to stop that idea, and it succeeded. (The engineers carried out the same idea a little later in Love Park, which was a new park and lacked a residential constituency.)

    Meanwhile, architects were terrified by the volume and carelessness of the commuter traffic, and they started looking for ways to protect their buildings and the pedestrians who were walking to and from them. So they built castles and outlying fortifications to prevent errant motorists from mowing down people on the sidewalk. 

    Those who remember what the west side of City Hall looked like before the new park went in will know what that looked like - granite, granite everywhere, nor any a place to sit.

    When the architect Vincent Kling designed the Municipal Services Building, he was strongly influenced by these two conflicting impulses. On the north side, he built an access lane with a porte-cochere so visitors could hop out in the rain and not get wet. It's not clear who he expected to park the cars. And on all sides, he built fortress walls. 

    People have been talking for a few years about fixing Tom Paine Plaza, the concrete desert hiding behind the parapet walls that surround his tower. And now we have an actual plan to civilize this space - replacing stairs with ramps, planting trees, and generally demilitarizing the zone. This is a good idea, and we should cheer the designers on.

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