Tag Archive for public spaces

April 29: Placemaking: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors in Philadelphia


Join the Planning and Community Development Department at Temple University and its partners for a full day of learning and engagement on placemaking strategies used to revitalize commercial corridors in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.  The morning public lecture is free and open to the public.  The afternoon design workshop is limited to 25 Temple University students.

Morning Public Lecture 9:00-Noon

Learn successful placemaking strategies that have turned commercial corridors into lively public places. Philadelphia community leaders will share their stories on how they have incorporated arts, market spaces, cultural resources, and green spaces to activate and revitalize commercial corridors. Coffee and donuts will be served.

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April 4: Parks That Reshape Cities (1.25 CM Credits)

Photo credit: Christina Arlt

Photo credit: Christina Arlt


Parks That Reshape Cities (1.25 CM Credits)

Monday, April 4, 2016, 1:15 PM — 2:45 PM


A new breed of parks is boosting tourism and urban transformation. Explore the surprising benefits. Parks have become an unexpected driver of both tourism and urban transformation. Learn about new approaches to urban parks, from reusing industrial sites to rethinking design and function. Hear about unexpected uses, economic benefits, and enticing ways to attract people to parks. Where do parks fit into the work of the planning commission? Find out in a program designed for commissioners as well as planners.

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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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Oct. 1: Special Surprise Planning-Related Announcement at Reading Terminal


Join APA at 10 am on Wednesday, October 1 for a special announcement with special guests Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and Carol Rhea, APA President Elect. Meet in the center court seating area for light snacks and refreshments.

RSVP to Lynsey Knowles, lknowles@planning.org or 202.349.1040.

Sept. 27: APAPA-SE Pop Up Parks Tour

PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South St.

PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South St.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11am – 1pm

Start at QuickFixx (1511 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146)
Tickets are free, but registration is required: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-park-tour-tickets-13186050833?aff=eorg
Pop up parks are all the rage in Philadelphia these days. Come hear from three planners about parklets, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden, and the Delaware Waterfront Corporation’s Spruce Street Harbor Park. Tour begins at 11:00 AM at the parklet in front of QuickFixx (1511 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146) and ends at 1:00 PM at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring cash if you want to buy a beverage/lunch at one of the stops along the way.

Volunteer for PARK(ing) Day


APA Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section is looking to create a Park(ing) Day space on September 19 if there are enough interested volunteers.

How do I let you know if I’m interested?

Sign up if you are able to help staff the parking space by August 8 by selecting available times athttp://whenisgood.net/parking or by emailing availability to events@apapase.org.  We’re hoping to have coverage throughout the day (preferably with two or more volunteers). We typically look at a spot near 13 and Chestnut by Macy’s.

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Aug. 24: South Street West Commercial Corridor Tour

PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South St.

PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South St.

Join Young Involved Philadelphia for a tour of the South Street West Commercial Corridor on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 13pm.

Designed for aspiring entrepreneurs, foodies, and culture seekers, our 3-part series exploring commercial corridors at various stages of their development. These tours will include stops along the corridor where business owners — well-established or just beginning — will share their personal stories of why they chose their current location, and how they set up shop.

For our second tour, we will be working with the South of South Neighbors Association to feature businesses in the neighborhood. The following points of interest will be discussed along the tour: The South Street Bridge, Devil’s Pocket, The Grays Ferry Triangles, murals, The Quick Fixx Parklet, the PHS Pop Up Garden and more!

Volunteer for the PHS Pop Up Garden

Last year's PHS Pop Up Garden

Every year, PHS Pop Up Gardens transform neglected spaces into lush and inviting places for all to enjoy. Combining cutting-edge design, outdoor art, and landscape innovation, the gardens showcase the work that PHS performs in communities all year long.  PHS Pop Up Gardens leave a lasting impact by shining a light on vacant spaces with potential for redevelopment, as well as promoting the power of greening to transform cities.

From June through mid-October, we will be transforming an empty lot in Center City into a beautiful garden with daily food offerings, a nighttime beer garden, and ongoing entertainment!For the past three years, volunteers have been key to making garden visits a friendly, enjoyable and educational experience.  We hope you will join us this year in welcoming our guests, helping to maintain the beautiful garden, and sharing the mission of PHS to create a sense of community through horticulture.

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Submit Nominations for Great Places

Rittenhouse Square, an APA Great Place

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-PA) is kicking off the “Great Places in Pennsylvania” Program. Great Places are unique, memorable places where people want to be – not only to visit, but to live and work every day. They serve as a model that other communities want to emulate – places of exemplary character, quality planning, identity, cultural interest and community involvement with a sustainable vision for the future.

For this first year, the nomination categories are Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Places. Specific criteria have been developed for each category. The Great Neighborhoods criteria relate to form & function, character & identity, and environmental & economic challenges. Criteria for Great Public Spaces relate to form & function, unique characteristics, and social interaction.

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Register Now for Sept. 22 Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour! Limited Spots Remain!

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Join APAPASE’s Emerging Professionals for a guided tour of Philadelphia’s historic Laurel Hill Cemetery on Sunday September 22nd at 2pm.

The tour will last approximately two hours and will cover a variety of topics, including the place of cemeteries in the developing city, the symbolism of monuments, the importance of cemeteries for sanitation purposes, the use of cemeteries as public parks and how Laurel Hill in particular was a first step towards the creation of what has become the Fairmount Park system. Laurel Hill is also the resting place for such prominent Philadelphians as Rittenhouse, Widener, Elkins and Strawbridge.

The cost of the tour will be $17, which goes towards historic preservation at the cemetery.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes!

Register for the event at: https://laurelhillcemeterytour.eventbrite.com/

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