Planning nerds, you’re in luck: tomorrow’s commission meeting has it ALL.
Our first ever report-out from the CDR committee!
Updates on our active District Plans!
An overview of the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan, a comprehensive look at one of the last large industrial legacy areas in our city without an adopted plan for redevelopment!
Waterfront trail overview and action items relating to building a first piece of the Delaware River trail, starting next year!
Zoning and streets bills out the wazoo! Everything from striking streets to authorizing seating to redefining RCOs to introducing new sections to the code!
We have no doubt it will be an action-packed afternoon, so come on down.
Is it the Delaware? Is it the Schuylkill? No, it’s what the Navy Yard looks like after a major storm (the Delaware is on the other side of that fence). Photo courtesy of @navyyardphila
It took one of the worst hurricanes the Northeast Corridor’s ever endured to get today’s Wonky Wednesday terms into the mainstream discussion about the upcoming presidential election. Granted, there’s a lot of topics of interest to us that we’ve heard next to nothing about in this election cycle – infrastructure, transportation, CITIES – but an event like this makes the omitting (o-MITT-ing?) of these topics from high-level discussions all the more flabbergasting.
For those of you living under a rock – and we hope in all seriousness that it was a well-insulated, flood-proof rock nowhere near a coast line – most folks with credentials in this sort of thing agree that although Sandy did not necessarily occur because of climate change, weather events like Sandy will only get worse as the slow and sometimes-all-too-easy to ignore effects of climate change accumulate: rising water levels, warmer temperatures in water and air that bring added moisture to fuel such storms…things like that.
At the end of the day, cause doesn’t really matter when it comes to the very real and present challenge of responding to these storms. Whether it’s all our fault for behaving the way we do in our urbanized and industrialized world, or Mother Nature deciding to warm things up a bit for the heck of it, or a higher power punishing us for our sins, the trend exists. READ MORE
Most Wednesdays we challenge Philadelphians to DEFINE THAT PLANNING TERM, an esoteric game where the prize is…knowledge! This week’s topic is one from the realm of transportation, a topic near and dear to a lot of people with way too much time on their hands (we kid, we kid…without people like these, we’d have no one to speak with at cocktail parties).
Today’s topic: LIGHT RAIL! Here’s Camden representing (though technically, even the fancy RiverLine behaves more like a streetcar in downtown Camden and then more like light rail outside of it…you’ll see what we mean).
Specifically, we want to clarify this whole rail situation, as in, heavy vs. light. It is just insane how many people throw these terms around inappropriately. Consider these true or false statements:
1) “Light” in light rail refers to the weight of the vehicles themselves
2) Philadelphia County is currently served by light rail routes
If you said either of these were true, then we just arched one eyebrow and went to refill our drink at the cocktail party, Lucille Bluth style. Here’s why: READ MORE
We don’t know about you, but we are a little zonked from all the zoning festivities yesterday. Yes folks, we just used the words ‘zoning’ and ‘festivities’ in the same sentence. We aren’t the type to party all that much, but yesterday we made a special exception. Get it?! See what we did there? Special exceptions are a part of the zoning code!!! Haha, haha , ha…
Ok, we need to move on. Rather than delve deep into the complicated history of a major civic accomplishment or epic planning failure, today’s Thank Goodness Thursday will take the survey course approach, a sort of Bad Ideas 101 from which you could refine exactly the kinds of screw ups you enjoy most. Please enjoy this look back in haiku format, and feel free to submit your own in the comments!
Oh, Penn’s Landing tram
We never got to ride you
We’re ok with that
Here at PCPC, we’re all about your health. Not in the personal training way, but in the built environment way. That’s why we’re going to end the week – or at least some weeks – with Fitness Fridays! This is our chance to highlight physical activity, recreation, healthy food opportunities brought to you by the current and evolving landscape of Philadelphia. So without further ado, in today’s Fitness Friday, we bring you
Trails as Transportation: Schuylkill River Edition! READ MORE