Tag Archive: city planning

Philly’s New Pop-Up Pool: Tactical Urbanism or Just Plain Common Sense?

How about both? The City of Philadelphia has more outdoor public pools per capita than any other major city in the U.S. but unfortunately some people (myself included) pictured Philly’s public pools as… Continue reading

Bright Idea: Reinventing “La Rambla”

What urban street design technique can provide benefits in terms of traffic calming, economic development, stormwater management, parking, heat island effect, and aesthetics? The answer: “Ramblas.” Challenged with retrofitting a wide boulevard in… Continue reading

Sidewalk Cafes: An Amenity or A Nuisance?

The City of Philadelphia has nearly 400 registered sidewalk cafes – a 67% increase in the last five years. What is the reason behind this explosion? Are they still an attractive amenity or are… Continue reading

Rails-to-Trails Project Comes to Manayunk

The Schuylkill River is an economic, environmental, recreational, and aesthetic asset to southeastern Pennsylvania. The River’s industrial past can be seen in it’s canal, towpath, railroad, and bridges – all of which are… Continue reading

“Green Parking” in Action

As Tropical Storm Andrea rushed up the coast Friday and dumped almost 3 inches of rain on Philadelphia within 24 hours, I was able to observe a new green parking lot in action.… Continue reading