PlanPhilly.com covers design, planning and development in Philadelphia. PlanPhilly was created in 2006 as a project of PennPraxis, and was incubated and supported by PennDesign and PennPraxis until March 2015. PlanPhilly is now a project of WHYY/NewsWorks, expanding its reach to a whole new audience by taking advantage of WHYY’s multiple news platforms like radio and podcasts. PlanPhilly will also, for the first time, develop a revenue generation strategy that will enable it to raise funds from diverse sources to continue its watchdog coverage.
PlanPhilly is part of Newsworks, the online home of WHYY News and its network of journalism partners in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware. Prior to becoming part of WHYY in 2015, PlanPhilly was published by PennPraxis, part of University Of Pennsylvania's School of Design.
Since its inception PlanPhilly has worked to hold the city accountable through beat reporting about planning, design, preservation and development news, investigative journalism and data analysis on issues such as tax delinquency and vacant land, as well as through the discerning voice of Eyes on the Street.
Our journalism is also about process, making sure Philadelphians are well-informed about the forces and decisions that reshape our city. It's informational and explanatory, and aims to promote a better-designed city with more transparent planning and development.
With a mandate to create transparency around city government, we cover all commission hearings that concerned planning. We show up with video cameras, ask questions, report out stories and serve the public good by peeling back layers of back-room dealings and obfuscation. Through our work, commissions have become more open and transparent and, we believe, more professional in decision-making.
Since 2007, we have published more than 11,000 articles and produced over 3,000 videos. We have created an editorial and commentary section called Eyes on the Street. We make every effort to engage with our community both on social media and in real life.
WHYY and PlanPhilly are developing a fundraising strategy to support PlanPhilly's ongoing work. PlanPhilly also receives financial support from the Wyncote Foundation; and has an ongoing content and research partnership with PennDesign. In 2015, 279 individual supporters donated to PlanPhilly's first online appeal.
Those are our core values support informed public discourse and awareness, and drive our accountability reporting. Financial supporters do not influence our reporting.
PlanPhilly has over 6,000 registered users and an average of 65,000 monthly unique visitors and has become an indispensable resource for many residents of our region. PlanPhilly has successfully filled a void left by traditional forms of mainstream media and the site has made great strides in creating convergence with other new media models, developing new audiences and keeping Philadelphians informed about planning-related news.
In October 2015, PlanPhilly reconstituted its advisory board. As of January 2016 these are the members of that board:
Kiki Bolender (architect; Healthy Rowhouse Project), Ed D'Alba (Urban Engineers), Joanne Dahme (Philadelphia Water), Julie Donofrio (PennPraxis), John Gattuso (Liberty Property Trust), Nancy Goldenberg (Center City District), Patrick Grossi (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia), Prema Gupta (PIDC), Greg Krykewycz (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commisison), Beth McConnell (Philadelphia Association of CDCs), Beth Miller (Community Design Collaborative), Matt Ruben (Northern Liberties Neighbors Association; Central Delaware Advocacy Group); Craig Schelter (Developement Workshop), Sarah Clark Stuart (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia), Mary Tracy (Scenic America / Scenic Philadelphia), and Robert Zuritsky (Parkway Corp.).
Through Eyes on the Street we seek to connect PlanPhilly's process and policy coverage with the experience of living in the city. This is a place where people who care about planning and development in Philadelphia can share their observations, inspirations, and questions. It’s a place to connect with and learn from one another in an ongoing dialogue about Philadelphia’s future. Want to jump in? Here’s how.