Policy Agenda

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Bring 'Vision Zero' to Philadelphia

Between 2008 and 2012, Philadelphia witnessed 8,690 crashes involving 9,051 pedestrians. These crashes caused 376 major injuries and 158 deaths. None of these pedestrian deaths was inevitable. Traffic collisions will always exist, to some extent, but we know how to reduce their frequency and we know how to reduce the likelihood of fatalities. Continue reading

SEPTA & Bike Share for All Colleges

Unlimited access to Philadelphia's network of subways, trolleys, and buses should come included with tuition or employment at all of the city’s colleges and universities*. Elected officials should work to encourage SEPTA and academic leadership to embrace the model established by the University of Pittsburgh and the Port Authority of Allegheny County, in which heavily discounted transit passes are automatically included in tuition and compensation packages for students and university employees, respectively. Continue reading

Consolidate Commercial Trash, Create Pedestrian Alleys

Philadelphia has a serious trash problem, and anyone who is serious about fixing it knows there are several contributing factors. One factor is the way the City deals with commercial trash service. Ever walk past a putrid alley filled end-to-end with dumpsters? In reality, these "dumpster alleys" are former streets that have effectively been taken away from the public due to the way the City deals with commercial trash service. Other cities have fixed this problem and returned these streets to the people. We can too. Continue reading

Protected Bike Lanes in Every Neighborhood

Protected bike lanes (PBLs) are separated from traffic by a lane of parked cars, or a row of bollards, or a concrete curb. We are asking Mayoral candidates to update the City's 2012 Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan and to commit to building 40 in 4: forty miles of protected bike lanes in four years. Continue reading

Enable Lane Alterations Without Council Approval

In 2012, City Council took over control of street restriping for bike lanes and other alterations involving removal of travel lanes, parking lanes, or turns lanes. This legislation makes Philly the only big city in the U.S. where installation of new bike lanes require a City Council ordinance. Not surprisingly, our bike lane striping rates have fallen off a cliff since 2012. Continue reading

City-Wide Street Sweeping

It’s time to start taking the Filthadelphia issue seriously as a municipal problem. According to City Paper, for just $3 million a year we could sweep every street twice a week, and it would also cost only $18 million up front to buy the sweepers. Continue reading

Legalize Car-Free Buildings

Minimum parking requirements for residential, office, and mixed-use developments represent a hidden tax on non-drivers that subsidizes drivers. This regressive subsidy has no place in a city that has been struggling for the last eight years to reduce solo-driving and promote multi-modal transportation choices. About a third of Philadelphians either don’t have the means to own a vehicle or simply don’t want to own one, and this is especially true of the Millennials and Baby Boomers who have been moving here in recent years. If home builders want to sell someone only a house — without an unwanted parking space bundled in — they should have the freedom to do that. Continue reading

Remap All Neighborhoods by 2016

The 2012 zoning code reforms can’t work until City Council and the Planning Commission finish remapping all districts. The Planning Commission says they could complete zoning remapping by the end of the next Mayor’s term if they could hire additional staff, and they estimate that this would cost only $3 million. Continue reading

Adjust Land Value Tax, Cut Business & Wage Taxes

It’s time to reform our tax system for the 21st Century. Most tax policy experts agree that Philadelphia should shift taxes toward things that can’t move (land and buildings) and away from mobile sources like workers and investors. We're asking Mayoral and Council candidates to commit to shifting the tax burden off of workers and legitimate investors, and onto greater Center City’s land speculators and vacant property holders by changing our property tax to favor improvements over vacancy. Continue reading

Triple Parks & Green Space Funding

Every neighborhood deserves to have access to great parks. Philadelphia's park system, however, has been severely underfunded for decades, which has caused maintenance and capital improvements projects to be delayed or abandoned altogether. We can begin to fix this problem by increasing funding for parks. Great parks enhance our quality of life, help mitigate pollution, and boost property values. They also improve public health by encouraging physical activity and even improve mental and emotional wellbeing. Continue reading

Make Open Data Permanent

Michael Nutter’s open data executive order is just that - an executive order. It could disappear if the next Mayor doesn’t have the same commitment. Businesses, journalists, and citizens all over the city and beyond use this data in amazing ways that help us understand our challenges and opportunities, better coordinate public resources, and crucially, hold elected officials and city government accountable for performance. Continue reading

Street Tree Maintenance Plan

Street trees improve air quality, health, and property values. They are the most impactful and most cost effective way to improve the quality of Philly's public space, but the City’s tree planting and maintenance programs are falling short. Continue reading