Sept. 9: Play Space Design Competition Launch and Reception


Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street

Join us to launch a national design competition to design innovative outdoor play spaces for a Philly public school, library, and recreation center!

We’ll reveal the three competition sites and tell you more about competition prizes, how you can build a team, and how to get started. Get inspired by our current exhibition of over 40 projects presenting international best practices in play space design. Form your team with architects, landscape architects, educators, artists, and other play space advocates who want to be part of the competition too.

Space is limited. Be sure to reserve your spot now. RSVP.

Reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. $20/$10 Community Champions. Read more

Sept. 14: We Built This City


Join the Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) for “We Built This City” our semiannual event, an urban-themed sing-a-long* on Monday, September 14 at 5:30 pm at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. QUE brings together urban design professionals and enthusiasts to meet, network and discuss topics affecting our lives in Philadelphia.

*Yes, you read that right… an urban-themed sing-a-long! You are welcome to sing them yourself or leave it to the professionals. Jeff, the Tavern’s talented pianist, will be taking requests all night. On the Facebook Event, we’ve started a list of our favorites so he has time to prepare (e.g. “We Built this City on Rock and Roll”, The Trolley Song, and maybe even the Simpson’s Monorail Theme). Add your favorites or vote for some of the current selections.

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Professional Development Scholarships Available

Do you demonstrate commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance your expertise and/or develop new skills? Take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the Jerry Walls Planning Professional Development Award and Irving Hand Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 28.

Click here for more info!

Looking for a Study Buddy?

Interested in joining a study group to prepare for the AICP test in November?
The Southeast Section is committed to supporting those seeking AICP through a supported study group!
Contact to sign up!

Sept. 10: Bimonthly APAPA-Southeast Section Council Meeting

APAPA-Southeast Section Council meeting
the second Thursday of every other month
5pm (sharp!)
The Reinvestment Fund (TRF)
1700 Market Street, 19th Floor
Calling in?  Please use the following:
Toll free:  (866) 245-0351
Passcode: 605275
Please direct any questions to
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Aug. 12: East Passyunk Neighborhood Tour

East Passyunk Neighborhood Tour: Wednesday, 8/12/15 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Love the food, love the beer, but ever wonder how East Passyunk got to be so cool?  Join us for a tour led by Renee Gillinger from the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District who will show us behind closed doors as we visit business owners and learn more about the history of the neighborhood during their weekly Passeggiata.

The tour will kick off at the Singing Fountain amidst the neighborhood’s weekly Farmers Market, then head out to shops throughout the district before ending at P.O.P.E. where drinks will be flowing for an extended happy hour.

Tickets $10, but includes first drink:

Sept. 12: APA/YPT Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, September 12, 2015 
Hunt from 12 PM – 3 PM; Scoring and Post-Hunt Happy Hour from 3 – 5 pm

$7 for members of APAPA or YPT; $10 for non-members

Grab your SEPTA pass, lace up your shoes, and join us for our SECOND ANNUAL Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Meet us in the lobby of 1234 Market Street, outside of the SEPTA Store at 12pm to pick up your clues and begin the hunt. You’ll have until 3pm to travel to as many locations on the list as you can and take a photo with your team. Teams are capped at 4 members. No team? Don’t worry–register as an individual and we’ll set you up with a team at the beginning of the event.

Some clues will be in Center City and others will be far away–but everything is reachable via SEPTA, and, of course, your team will earn more points for the locations that are farther away and more difficult to reach.

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Just Posted: Bios for Southeast Section Council Candidates

By now, Southeast Section members should have received an email link to vote for the next two years’ Council. Below, please find bios of the candidates for office.

Now go vote!

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Oct. 16: How Immigrant Businesses Can Bring New Vitality to Downtown Retail Districts (2.5 CM credits)


How Immigrant Businesses Can Bring New Vitality to Downtown Retail Districts (2.5 CM credits)

DVRPC’s Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series highlights challenges older suburbs and downtowns are facing. The Roundtable Series provides a means for networking and exchanging ideas with organizations facing similar concerns. This roundtable discussion will feature presentations on immigrant businesses followed by peer discussion.

Local economic development is of critical concern for municipalities and much effort is put into economic development strategies and initiatives. Actively working to attract immigrant newcomers is an emerging strategy many forward-thinking municipalities are employing. Immigrants represent 28 percent of Main Street business owners and can be found in a variety of businesses, including neighborhood goods and services, restaurants, and accommodations. Local officials understand immigrant-owned businesses contribute to local economic development, and competition is increasing. Learn how this important population segment can help the vitality of your downtown and what campaigns are currently underway in the Greater Philadelphia region.

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Oct. 2: Government Connext Forum


Friday, October 2, 2015

8:30 am–4:00 pm

(Program begins promptly at 9:30am)

The Conference Center at Mercer

1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ

With tightening budgets and growing responsibilities, towns across the country are struggling to keep pace with the constant flow of new government technologies. At the same time, citizens expect immediate access to information and streamlined communication alternatives. Join us to find out how municipalities can meet these expectations and improve operating efficiencies and communications.

Government & Nonprofit Representatives and Green Team Members: $35.00

Other Attendees: $100.00


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