Tag Archive: planning

Are We Designing Parks for People?

We should be! The latest plan for Philadelphia’s unique Benjamin  Franklin Parkway takes a new approach to thinking about how [different!] people use our public spaces. Read the full plan here.

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

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

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

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