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Nov. 28: Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) networking happy hour

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at the newest bar in the gayborhood Bar X at 255 S. Camac St. at 5:30 pm. It is a chance to check out this new venue while networking with built environment professionals and enthusiasts at different locations around the city.

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Free Library’s Intelligent by Design Nonfiction Book Group Reads Two Planning-Related Books

Do you enjoy reading? The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Independence Branch is reading critically acclaimed nonfiction old and new. All readers welcome.  All meetings are Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. For additional information, please call 215-685-1633.

 

On December 11, we are reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane JacobsFor more information https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/event/69655

On March 12, we are reading The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. For more information: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/event/69658

Event Recap: Social Justice and Public Health

On Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, APAPASE hosted the event Principles to Which We Aspire: Social Justice and Public Health. The morning event took place in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s main conference room. The session spoke to the link between social justice and public health through healthy community design, food access, and financial stability, while relating all topics to the AICP code of ethics. The speakers included Amanda Wagner, MCP, MGA, of Get Healthy Philly; Caroline Harries, AICP, Associate Director, The Food Trust; and Lisa Servon, Professor and Department Chair, City Planning, University of Pennsylvania.

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Sept. 12: Daniel Burnham’s Belated Birthday Bash!

September 12, 2017 from 5-7pm
Devil’s Alley Bar and Grill (1907 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
$8 if you register in advance [apapase.eventbrite.com]; $10 at the door

Make no little (happy hour) plans! Daniel Burnham–who co-authored the 1909 Plan of Chicago–would be 171 years old this year. We’re celebrating the birthday of one of the founders of American city planning eight days late. Join APAPASE for Happy Hour at Devil’s Alley Bar and Grill (1907 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103) on September 12, 2017 from 5-7pm. Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 at the door–cash only) and include your first drink and birthday cake. After your first drink, it’s cash bar. Drink specials will be $3 drafts, $4 house wines, and $5 sangrias. This event is open to Burnham-enthusiasts, professional planners, citizen planners, students (21+), urban designers, architects, landscape architects, professors, engineers, and anyone with an interest in the planning profession.

Of course, no birthday party is complete without fun and games. We’ll be playing HEADS UP! URBANIST: City Beautiful Edition. You will get three HEADS UP! cards on which there is a person, place, or thing with importance to urbanism and the planning profession. Hold them up to your forehead so you can’t see them and other happy hour attendees will give you clues so you guess what card you’re holding up.

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Dedicated to Health Care for Philadelphia’s LBGT Community: The Mazzoni Center

The Mazzoni Center, in the heart of Philadelphia, is the only single health care provider in the region that specifically targets the unique health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. With only minor service interruptions to its patients and clients, and in spite of going through significant organizational turmoil, Mazzoni moved to occupy a brand new facility on May 30, 2017 on Bainbridge Street, just east of Broad Street.

On June 20th, APA’s LGBTQ and Planning Division’s Co Vice-Chair, Communications, Justin Dula, AICP, organized a group of approximately 25 attendees for a 2-hour evening tour of the new facility with Philadelphia’s Queer Urbanist Exchange. The tour was conducted by Mazzoni’s Director of Development, Mytili Jagannathan, to showcase the four floors of new space that will be used for one of the newest and most comprehensive LGBT service facilities in the nation.

Founded in 1979 as an all-volunteer clinic to serve the needs of sexual minorities in Philadelphia around the time when the first cases of HIV/AIDS began to appear in the early 1980s, the organization quickly responded, becoming the oldest AIDS service organization in Pennsylvania, and the fourth-oldest in the nation. As Mazzoni grew and evolved to meet the needs of the community, it combined HIV/AIDS-related services with a broad array of interconnected health care and supportive services: outreach, prevention, education, direct medical and care services, psychosocial services, legal services, and support groups. Now, over 35,000 individuals benefit annually from the services of the Center and demands have continued to grow.

Mazzoni Center is now going through a time of turmoil that is threatening the continued existence of the organization, has continued to provide services to clients and move to the new location. There were substantial management and board changes after allegations surfaced of illegal and improper conduct among management and doctors after the groundbreaking of the new building. Now, Mazzoni is working to enter into an era of transparency and accountability and regain the trust of the LGBT community, particularly patients and staff of color, transgender and gender non-conforming. The construction of a new facility amidst this organizational crisis may be one of the few bright spots for the Mazzoni Center in the past months and can hopefully be a catalyst for reconnection with the community.

Easily accessible to public transit, the existing building that Mazzoni renovated was formerly home to a Department of Public Welfare office that had been unoccupied for several years. The total gut renovation substantially expanded the space available to Mazzoni’s existing spectrum of services, which now includes a primary care medical practice, mental health counseling program, case management, housing-subsidy program, and food bank, in addition to all of the previously-existing services such as legal services, education and prevention programs, bringing all of Mazzoni’s programs and services to a single, central location.

The new Mazzoni Center location nearly doubles the size of the family and community medical practice space and creates more opportunities for hiring additional clinicians; it incorporates additional wellness services and provides care to many more people than the old space allowed. Mazzoni will also greatly expand its Open Door behavioral-health program, add several more counseling rooms and therapists, and open the region’s first Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) dedicated to providing recovery services specifically for LGBTQ individuals struggling with addiction.

The new building also features a ‘town hall’ gathering space, where community events, educational programs, and wellness workshops will take place. As Ms. Jagannathan and Board of Directors members advocate about the new facility: “Providing our staff with a more functional and efficient work environment is another important step in improving overall delivery of care. Our staff is truly the heart and soul of what we do, and the reason that so many people have entrusted us with their care for so many years. Bringing the full staff together under one roof will foster more effective staff collaboration and communication, with common spaces designed and configured to promote meaningful interaction among our many care and service providers.”

The APA’s LGBTQ and Planning Division wishes the Mazzoni Center the very best in its efforts to strengthen it accountability and transparency needed to reconcile relations with our community and continue to fulfil its exceptionally important mission in the Philadelphia region. Congratulations on a successful transition to your new home, where we hope the newly restructured and community based organization will provide improved services for decades to come.

This article was authored by Justin Dula, AICP and Neal Stone, AICP and appeared in the LGBTQ & Planning Quarterly Newsletter, summer 2017 edition. Justin Dula, AICP, is the Chair of the Southeast Section of APA Pennsylvania and Co Vice-Chair for Communications of the LGBTQ and Planning Division. Neal Stone, AICP, is Past Chair of the LGBTQ and Planning Division. Photos courtesy of Justin Dula and Christian Xtn Hansen.

May 5-7: Jane’s Walk Through Philadelphia

Looking for something fun to do on May 5th, 6th or 7th, 2017? Check out a new Philadelphia neighborhood with Jane’s Walk, a global movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs to get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with their neighbors. PlanPhilly is organizing four tours in Philadelphia. Check out full details at: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/philadelphia/

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April 4: Planner Happy Hour

Join your fellow planners for a fun happy hour at Barra Rossa on Tuesday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, sponsored by LRK Philadelphia! You can catch up with colleagues and meet new people as we play Heads Up! Urbanist.

HEADS UP! URBANIST – Join us to play LRK’s version of the latest game sensation – HEADS UP!, which is based on the “old-time” game – Twenty Questions. You will get three HEADS UP! cards on which there is a person, place or thing with importance to the urbanism and the planning profession. In order to win drink tickets, you will pair up and play the game. And… we won’t have easy cards like Ed Bacon or Rittenhouse Square! Come have fun with us on April 4th at Barra Rossa – 10th and Walnut.

Register here!

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April 13: Events Committee Meeting

Would you like to meet other Philadelphia-area planners? Would you like to organize events like walking tours, happy hours, or educational events related to planning? Then join the APAPASE Events Committee, and help us plan fun events! Our next meeting is Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM at Michael Baker, 1818 Market Street. Please RSVP so we have a list of names for security: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apapase-events-committee-meeting-april-2017-registration-30264861014?aff=es2.

No special skills needed–we love all volunteers! You can help with any (or all) aspects of the event-planning process, from brainstorming event ideas, coordinating with venues, ordering food/beverages, inviting speakers, advertising/marketing events, working the registration table, speaking at events, and conducting event follow up. No worries if you’ve never done anything like this before–we’ll show you the ropes.

Jan. 26: APAPASE/YPT Game Night: Cards Against Urbanity

Join the American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter Southeast Section (APAPASE) and the Philadelphia Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) for Game Night on January 26th. We’ll be at Field House playing Cards Against Urbanity–the irreverent card game for anyone who’s interested in cities, transportation, and fun! (If you want to see the types of cards you might come across, click here for Cardsplanations.)

Thursday, January 26, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Field House

1150 Filbert Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

$8 in advance; $10 at the door

Your first drink is included in your admission fee–after that, it’s cash bar. Field House will have an assortment of $4 beers, $5 mixed drinks, and $6 house wines.
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Join QUE on Thursday, January 5

Join QUE on Thursday, January 5!

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at The Lodge at Winterfest at on Thursday, January 5 at 5:30 pm. The Blue Cross Winterfest is at Penn’s Landing and is walkable from the 2nd street El’s second street stop over the Market Street bridge (Directions).

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