Tag Archive: complete streets

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

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

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