Tag Archive: urban planning

On Location: San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery District

On a recent trip to San Antonio, we explored the new Pearl Brewery District. Although no actual beer is produced in this location anymore, as a planner, I found so many reasons to… 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

New Kensington from the Market-Frankford “El”

A while back I had the opportunity to photograph part of the unique New Kensington neighborhood from the unique perspective of the Market-Frankford elevated train. Like many Philadelphia neighborhoods, Kensington (now often referred… 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

Disaster Movie Week

This weekend Earthquake happened to be on TV again so I decided to pull this blog out of the archives to share with you. Originally published on The RAPPS Blog on July 7, 2011 Retroplex is… Continue reading

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.

2013: Could It Be the Year of the Parklet?

I reported last year on MOTU’s (the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities) efforts to promote parklet development across Philadelphia… well they are at it again. Six parklets were developed in 2012 through… 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