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

On Location: Alexandria’s Own Park in the Sky

On a trip to Washington, D.C. this summer I stayed across the river in Alexandria. When driving into Alexandria my eye was drawn to vegetation draping over what appeared to be a normal… 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

ReSpace: Designing with Salvaged Materials

You may have heard of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores that sell salvaged building materials and fixtures. Some stores even offer deconstruction programs with the ability to disassemble entire houses and save as much… 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

More Obsessed: The High Line

I was really disappointed by the New York Times article insulting The High Line as “Disney World on the Hudson.” Many of my urban planning friends were quick to assume this one bad… 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

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

How to Combat West Nile – the Green Way?

Sometimes I wonder why I bother to read the news… last week I read about a medical study that found that the West Nile Virus can slowly destroy your kidneys even if you… Continue reading