Candidates for Southeast Section Council Announced

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The following candidates for the Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAPASE) will be running in the upcoming fall elections:


  • President:  Justin Dula, AICP
  • Vice-President:  Alexis Williams, AICP
  • Secretary:  Nicole Hostettler, AICP
  • Treasurer:  Rick Collier, AICP

Citizen Planners

  • Cheryl Tumola
  • Mike Martella

Professional Planners At Large

  • Jeff Barg
  • Jennifer Barr, AICP
  • Marley Bice, AICP
  • John Federico, AICP
  • Abby Poses
  • Kate Ramen
  • Rebecca Ross, AICP
  • Karen Thompson, AICP
  • Andrew Svekla, AICP
  • Ema Yamamoto, AICP

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July’s Section Meeting Canceled

Due to many conflicts (it is high vacation season) that prevent a quorum, the July meeting is CANCELLED.
Please note all business will be carried to our next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 10th.
Please send any draft agenda items to and mark your calendars!

July 14: QUE at Independence Beer Garden


Join QUE on July 14 at Independence Beer Garden!

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Independence Beer Garden (100 S Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106) on Tuesday July 14 at 5:30 pm. Though outside, there are areas that are covered in case of rain.

We’re going to do brief updates on all of our projects. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out our Meeting Notes from our last meeting. We created a summary for each project which included a description and highlights of what the next steps are. We will also look at the happy hour and say what we liked and what could make it better next time and start planning the next large mixer.

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Featured Job Listing: Neighborhood Advisory Committee Coordinator at PEC


People’s Emergency Center is looking for a Neighborhood Advisory Committee Coordinator.

Click here for the full job listing!

July 15: Downtown Delivery Symposium

With the growth of e-commerce and next day delivery, expectations of instant gratification are changing freight and logistics. Dense downtown areas with smaller streets, competing vehicles, and increasing residential populations present their own challenges for meeting new demands.

Join DVRPC on July 15th from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM for a full day of discussion, networking, and sharing solutions that suit your downtown delivery needs, no matter the size of your town.

Reserve your spot today!

July 1: Need Law Credits?

2015 Planning Law Review (1.5 CM Law Credits)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Planning feels the impact of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, federal district courts, and state courts. How will their rulings affect you? Get a briefing on the year’s legal developments, from First Amendment issues to environmental actions, housing, and equal access. Presenters also will discuss major legislative initiatives and APA’s amicus filings. Join in a lively, informative program you and your staff, colleagues, and officials won’t want to miss. This program is also suitable for planning commissioners.

If you are an AICP member and would like to earn CM credits for attending this session, please bring your AICP number for the sign-in sheet and remember to claim your credits at after the webinar.

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June 27: Manayunk Commercial Corridor Tour

Young Involved Philadelphia is hosting a Commercial Corridor Tour of Manayunk this Saturday, 6/27 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. This tour will include stops along the corridor where business owners will share their personal stories of why they chose their current location, how they set up shop, and what they see for the future of the neighborhood.

We’ll be stopping and speaking with owners of the Little Apple, the Spiral Bookcase, Nicole Miller, and more! We’ll end a Bourbon Blue (where the first drink will be on us).

$11.50 tickets are available at: The meeting point is: Pretzel Park, 4300 Roxborough Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19127

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Old City District: Vision Survey and Public Open House

The Old City District, in its role as a special services district and Registered Community Organization, is embarking on the development of a neighborhood master plan to set a framework for private development and a high-quality public realm.

Together with more objective research on market trends, transportation access, and the physical form of buildings and sidewalks, we wanted to get direct input from Old City residents, businesses, workers, and visitors about what makes the neighborhood great and not so great, plus what would make it a little better, or even a little worse. This brief survey should only take about five minutes to complete. Please encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to participate.

Vision 2026 Survey Link

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‘If/Then,’ Musical About City Planning, Comes to Philly


From Tuesday, June 21 – Sunday, June 26, 2015, the Academy of Music will be showing If/Then, a contemporary Broadway musical about a city planner who moves to New York. According to the Kimmel Center website: “With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical (New York Post)” simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.” For more information, click here, or click here to listen to the soundtrack.

What Do You <3 About Greater Philadelphia?


This week marks the start of DVRPC’s month-long photo campaign/giveaway! We want to know “What do you <3 about Greater Philadelphia?” Post a photo of something you love about our region on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using @DVRPC, #OurRegionMyHome, and #DVRPCis50. You can also submit photos directly online at Two winners will be randomly chosen to win a GoPro camera, and some of the best photos will appear on a poster!