Category Archive: Philadelphia

Let Me Count the Reasons Why It Is Cool to Be A Planner in Philadelphia Right Now

1. The new Philadelphia Zoning Code went into effect TODAY! This comprehensive rewrite is an update to the 1960s zoning code. A lot of the credit should go to the nearly 80% of… Continue reading

Re-Activating Our Cities’ Waterfronts

The Smart Growth America newsletter last week alerted me to the fact that Tampa has a RiverWalk that connects landmarks (including the arena where the Republican National Convention will convene later this month)… Continue reading

What Philadelphia is Not Doing

Portland, Oregon is a great proponent of sustainable development and stormwater management through their advancements with green streets and eco-districts. But, they have also decided to invest a LOT of time and money… 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

A Parklet Within A Park

Everyone has heard of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia’s 9,200 acre park (the nation’s largest landscaped urban park) but Philadelphia is also home to 63 smaller neighborhood parks. Clark Park is a 9.1 acre park… Continue reading