Philly’s New Pop-Up Pool: Tactical Urbanism or Just Plain Common Sense?

How about both? The City of Philadelphia has more outdoor public pools per capita than any other major city in the U.S. but unfortunately some people (myself included) pictured Philly’s public pools as… Continue reading

Philly Water Department Highlights Local Stormwater Pioneer

This month, the Philadelphia Water Department announced that the very first Stormwater Pioneer award has been given to my local Stanley’s True Value Hardware. You may remember I recognized the effectiveness of the… Continue reading

On Location: San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery District

On a recent trip to San Antonio, we explored the new Pearl Brewery District. Although no actual beer is produced in this location anymore, as a planner, I found so many reasons to… Continue reading

Bright Idea: Reinventing “La Rambla”

What urban street design technique can provide benefits in terms of traffic calming, economic development, stormwater management, parking, heat island effect, and aesthetics? The answer: “Ramblas.” Challenged with retrofitting a wide boulevard in… Continue reading

Sidewalk Cafes: An Amenity or A Nuisance?

The City of Philadelphia has nearly 400 registered sidewalk cafes – a 67% increase in the last five years. What is the reason behind this explosion? Are they still an attractive amenity or are… Continue reading

The Future of Philly’s Public Transit System

The “service realignment plan” would begin next year and continue slashing service until 2023, when the SEPTA system would be a shadow of its current self. – (September 12, 2013) SEPTA released… Continue reading

New Kensington from the Market-Frankford “El”

A while back I had the opportunity to photograph part of the unique New Kensington neighborhood from the unique perspective of the Market-Frankford elevated train. Like many Philadelphia neighborhoods, Kensington (now often referred… Continue reading

Rails-to-Trails Project Comes to Manayunk

The Schuylkill River is an economic, environmental, recreational, and aesthetic asset to southeastern Pennsylvania. The River’s industrial past can be seen in it’s canal, towpath, railroad, and bridges – all of which are… Continue reading

Urban Neighborhood Branding

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation recently launched an extremely creative, colorful, interactive, and informative neighborhood branding website for 14 of the most visitor-friendly neighborhoods surrounding Center City. The website includes an… Continue reading

On Location: Houston’s Alabama Theater

The Alabama Theater opened in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston in November of 1939. It was designed in the Art Deco – Streamline Moderne style and could seat more than 700 people. The… Continue reading