Category Archive: Community Development

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

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

2013: Could It Be the Year of the Parklet?

I reported last year on MOTU’s (the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities) efforts to promote parklet development across Philadelphia… well they are at it again. Six parklets were developed in 2012 through… Continue reading

Where Would Philadelphia Be without CDCs?

A recent publication from the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) got me thinking: where would Philadelphia be without its CDCs (Community Development Corporations)? And the answer, $3.3 billion poorer. This short… Continue reading

Creekside Co-op: The Newest Member of the Family

Food Cooperatives (Co-ops) are popping up everywhere in Philly but this is the first co-op that I have heard of that has successfully started in the Phila Suburbs (but it’s not surprising that… Continue reading

Park(ing) Day to Showcase Philly Parklets

Park(ing) Day 2012 in Philadelphia will showcase the ingenuity of almost 50 teams of people and their ideas for how to put almost 60 on-street parking spaces into more productive use for a… Continue reading

Flawed Vacant Land Management

At over 40,000 parcels, Philadelphia’s vacant land problem is literally everywhere. 25% of the vacant parcels are publicly-owned by five different City agencies, each with different incentives and regulations regarding the dispersal of… Continue reading

The Make Your Mark Plan: Community Engagement at Its Best

Last month, driving around West Philadelphia to find Clark Park, I noticed this unique store front and snapped a picture, not thinking much more of it until today. Today’s PlanPhilly newsletter alerted me… Continue reading

Eco-Districts Abound

Today I went to the presentation “Patchwork: Reconnecting Urban Neighborhoods to Natural Systems” as part of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Urban Sustainability Forum and was slightly surprised to find that the “Patchwork”… Continue reading

MOTU Spring Initiatives – Can’t Wait to See the Results

Philadelphia’s innovative Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities offered two creative game-changing opportunities to interested neighborhoods and civic groups this spring. This shows that Philly recognizes the increasing importance of park space and… Continue reading