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

Der Rheinauhafen – A Model of Waterfront Redevelopment

On a recent visit to Cologne (Köln), Germany, I discovered an inspiring urban redevelopment project, Rheinauhafen (Rheinau Harbor). The site covers 38 acres and 1.2 miles of riverfront along the Rhein between the… 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

On Location: Green Parking in AP

Biking around Asbury Park, New Jersey this weekend I discovered a great example of a green parking lot. It would have been much easier to just blacktop the entire space, but instead the… Continue reading

Scoop That Poop!

Scoop That Poop! It’s that simple. As harmless and “natural” as it may seem, your dog’s poop, if gone unchecked can cause serious problems for your local waterways, even if it’s just in… 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

What Lies Beneath

Green stormwater management (slow it down… soak it in) fascinates me in general with its applications for art, education and fun but its ability to help older cities address problems that arise from… Continue reading