Category Archive: Philadelphia

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

Philadelphia Gets Some Much Deserved Attention from the APA

Philadelphia has been getting some much deserved attention in the planning world the last few weeks both in terms of planning process and planning places. The American Planning Association (APA) released their list… 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

Philadelphia: Design Au Naturel

You don’t need a festival to find great design in Philadelphia. Here are a few examples from my collection.

Design Philadelphia: Recommendations for the Urban Planner

Beginning today, Design Philadelphia is a 5-day event showcasing all aspects of design. Hundreds of exhibits, tours, performances, workshops and more have been planned across the City for now through Sunday. Unless you… Continue reading

Calthorpe-ism: Restoring the Ecology of Urban Areas

This evening, I had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture by Peter Calthorpe, an architect and urban planner that has taken transit-oriented development and regional planning to the next level. The… 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

Complete Streets for Philadelphia: “Making it Happen”

As I mentioned last week, Philadelphia just recently released a Complete Streets Design Manual in draft form. This document is in response to a Complete Streets Executive Order from June 2009 that made… Continue reading