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.

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Lots of Planning Events for Philly Tech Week


Philly Tech Week starts this Friday!

Here is a list of events that may be of interest to Planners & Geo Spatial Analysts.

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May 28: Zoned Out

Zoned Out: Fair Housing Solutions Symposium

Presented by Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania

The Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania is hosting a fair housing symposium dedicated to zoning, planning and land use topics on Thursday May 28, 2015 from 9:00 – 3:00 in Willow Grove. The day long symposium, designed for local government officials, solicitors, attorneys, planners and housing advocates, will include presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities with HUD, expert attorneys and local agencies.
This is a FREE event and is sponsored by the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Bucks-Chester-Montgomery Link to Aging and Disability Resources.

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Two Upcoming Young Professionals in Transportation Events

April Happy Hour with Penn Design UrbTrans

We’ll be holding our April Happy Hour with Penn Design UrbTrans on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30pm at Smokin’ Betty’s (11th and Sansom). This will be a great networking opportunity for students, academics, and practitioners in transportation.

You can register for the event and learn more here!


Second Annual Transpo Roundup

We’re pleased to announce that YPT Philly will be hosting the Transpo Roundup again this year! The event will be Tuesday April 28th at Field House (1150 Filbert), beginning at 5:30pm.

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Join QUE on April 9 at TOC!


Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthy meet up at the Tavern on Camac (243 S Camac St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) on Thursday April 9 at 6 pm.  Topics for this meeting include a discussion of survey results from online and our large mixer and choosing projects to tackle next.  We will also start discussing our event planning for an event on the Anderson Housing and design project such as the pearl street passage for DesignPhiladelphia and Park(ing) Day Philadelphia. We can also look at the happy hour and say what we liked and what could make it better next time.

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.

Call for Submissions: Scholarship Awards for Vacant Property Papers

The Vacant Property Research Network (VPRN) is pleased to announce its second annual scholarship competition for two masters students whose research contributes to new knowledge and practice around vacant properties.

Masters Scholarship Awards ($250) will be granted to two students enrolled in a masters degree program during 2015. Winners will be selected from the submission of a single-authored paper (12-30 pages in length) on a “vacant property” topic, which includes everything from deindustrialized landscapes, distressed cities, and shrinking regions to land banks, code enforcement strategies, and housing courts. Submissions may be refined term papers, practicum reports, or thesis chapters. Preference will be given to fully developed papers that demonstrate excellence and innovation in knowledge, research and/or practice about land change. Winners will be invited to participate in an upcoming VPRN-sponsored session at a national conference and may be eligible for travel or registration support.

For details on the application process and eligibility, please visit:

Taking Comment on the Proposed APAPA-Southeast Bylaws

The Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA PA SE) is taking public comment for proposed bylaws of the Southeast Section. All comments are due no later than April 15th.
A summary of proposed revisions are available here.
An edited version of the bylaws is available here. 
and a final proposed version of APA PA SE bylaws is available here.
Please direct any questions to

April 24:  Volunteers Needed for EarthFest 2015 at Temple’s Ambler Campus

Event:             EarthFest 2015

Date:               Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain or Shine)

Time:              9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location:        Temple University Ambler Campus

580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002



Last year, more than 7,000 visitors spent a rewarding, educational day at Temple University Ambler celebrating the importance of protecting the environment and preserving their futures. Hosted by the Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities, the mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve our environment.  Organizations, businesses, students of all ages, and individuals demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies through interactive educational displays, activities, and much more!

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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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