The 'Love Trolley' Is for Everyone

Gary Mason has been decorating a SEPTA trolley for Valentine's Day since 1993.

February 14, 2020, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Vic15 / Flickr

Action News in Philadelphia reports on the latest appearance of the "Love Trolley":

In the spirit of "Brotherly Love" and Valentine's Day, [Gary] Mason tricked out his trolley with hearts, lights, and flowers galore. It's something he's done since 1993, but his display has grown tremendously since then.

Mason is a 34-year veteran of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

(SEPTA), whose love for trolleys is evident—Mason also decorates his trolley for Halloween and Christmas.

Melissa Komar also reported on mason's Love Trolley in an article from the same time of the year in 2019. Komar shares numerous quotes from mason in that earlier article, including this statement about the universality of the love Mason hopes to share: "I want them to feel good even if they don’t have a love [….] Mostly everyone falls in love even if they just love their car or their dog. Everybody can relate to love."

Friday, February 7, 2020 in WPVI Action News

Chicago Commute

Planning for Congestion Relief

The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.

May 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

Twin Cities

Minneapolis Housing Plan a Success—Not for the Reason You Think

Housing advocates praise the city’s move to eliminate single-family zoning by legalizing triplexes on single-family lots, but that isn’t why housing construction is growing.

May 13, 2022 - Reason

Single-Family Housing Construction

New White House Housing Initiative Includes Zoning Reform Incentives

The Biden administration this morning released a new program of actions intended to spur housing construction around the United States.

May 16, 2022 - The White House

University of Arizona

Proposed Transit Line Would Connect Downtown Tucson to Airport

Based on community input for a 15-mile transit line, residents want to see a focus on affordable housing development and anti-displacement measures.

3 hours ago - KGUN

Shuttered strip mall in Niland, California

Strip Malls as a Housing Solution

The American strip mall may be a dying breed of commercial development, but could the buildings serve a new use as sustainable housing?

5 hours ago - Yale Environment 360

Complete Street Vancouver

Study: Most of Vancouver Is a ‘15-Minute City’

A large majority of Vancouver residents can access a grocery store in 15 minutes or less by bicycle or on foot.

May 20 - Vancouver Sun

HUD’s 2022 Innovative Housing Showcase

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Expanding HUD’s Eviction Protection Grant Program

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.