May 20: Philadelphia 1865: A City on the Edge


In 1865, Philadelphia was a city on the edge of grief, growth, and genius. That year saw the joy of Northern victory dashed by the grief of Lincoln’s assassination, unprecedented growth for the city, and a growing realization that abolishing slavery did not mean an end to the city’s race problems. At the same time, the genius of local science, education, and benevolent entrepreneurs achieved the critical mass that launched Philadelphia into modernity. Join us to explore a pivotal time in our nation and city’s history with a Weeknights at the Wagner lecture by Bruce Laverty, Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. 1865 is also the year that the Wagner’s National Landmark building opened, and we will celebrate the building’s 150th anniversary with a Wagner cake competition and special member reception where the cakes will be served.


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May 14: Next APAPA-Southeast Section Council Meeting

Thursday, May 14th (the second Thursday of every other month)


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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Announcing Elections for APAPA-Southeast Section Officers: Call for Nominations

This summer we will hold elections for APAPA-Southeast Section Officers and Council members.  The four Section Council Officer positions consist of President, Vice PresidentSecretary, and Treasurer.  If you are interested in serving either in an Officer or Council member position:

  • Review the Chapter Bylaws for descriptions of the Officer and Council member duties and responsibilities.  Available at:
  • Determine if your schedule will allow sufficient time for the position, generally 1-3 hours/month.
  • New members welcome!  No previous experience required.
  • AICP not required to join the board.
  • Speak with current Officers or Council members regarding any questions or concerns.
  • Submit a nomination to the Nominating Committee no later than June 1st at:

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EarthFest 2015 Recap – Youth Engagement and Planning

EarthFest 2015

“If you could do whatever you wanted with this lot, what would you do and why?”  David, age 9, responded, “I would plan a kingdom so that I could be king.”  If only we could all have the visionary powers to dream up a kingdom like David (and if only it were that easy)!  Along with David, hundreds of curious young visitors stopped by the APAPA-SE activity booth at Temple University’s EarthFest 2015 at the Ambler Campus on Friday, April 24th.  They each were prompted to respond to that same question we asked David.

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Featured Job Listing: Planning Associate I


Michael Baker International is looking for a Planning Associate I for their Philadelphia office.

Click here for the full job description!

May 11: Emerging Professionals Happy Hour at Founding Fathers


Join APAPASE for happy hour! We will be mingling and enjoying drinks on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Founding Fathers Bar, which is located at 1612 South Street. Please come to celebrate the end of the semester, passing the AICP exam, or simply to spend time with your fellow Planners! This happy hour is open to all: emerging professionals, emerged professionals, and friends.

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May 6: Legal and Regulatory Context of Green Infrastructure

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

Legal and Regulatory Context of Green Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 6th at 4pm (EST)

Hill Seminar Room – Drexel University – Lebow Engineering Room 240 – 31st and Market Sts, Phila, PA


Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

John Nystedt, Restoration Specialist, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Fred Stine, Citizen Action Coordinator, Delaware Riverkeeper Network


Please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance here:

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May 6: QUE at U Bar


Join QUE on May 6 at U Bar!

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at the U bar (1220 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) on Wednesday May 6 at 5:30 pm. Note that we are starting a little earlier as suggested during the April meet up, but you are still welcome to join if you can’t make it till 6.

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.

Can’t make it?  You can sign to the group and find out more on Facebook at and on Google Groups at You can also see Meeting Notes in our Files.

May 20: Fit City PHL

Fit City PHL is a half-day symposium designed to explore the concept of active design, and strategies for improving health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. It will bring together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, and public health professionals to learn about how our environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends our communities are currently facing – particularly obesity and other chronic conditions.

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May 13: Philadelphia Then and Now: Are Times Really A-Changin’?

Philadelphia Then and Now: Are Times Really A-Changin’?
An Interview with Harris Steinberg

The DVSGA invites you to a conversation with Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University.

Harris will speak on “Philadelphia Then and Now:  Are the Times Really A-Changin?” and then participate in a Q&A led by Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Have we turned the corner?  Has Philadelphia finally come around to embracing the role of planning and design in city life and economic development?  Big projects such as the new Comcast Innovation Center to Drexel’s ambitious plans for University City are reshaping the skyline while smaller interventions such as Sister Cities Park and Schuylkill Banks are making the city livable.

Click here to register!

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