Mission: PlanPhilly engages and educates citizens on the value of a well-designed city and encourages active involvement in shaping it through news coverage and content sharing.
PlanPhilly.com is a seven-year old alternative media news website dedicated to covering design, planning and development issues in Philadelphia. PlanPhilly.com has been named one of the country’s top ten Web sites by Planetizen.com. PlanPhilly.com’s coverage began with the planning process for the Central Delaware riverfront. Due, in large part to the website, the Central Delaware planning process remained transparent and open and successfully engaged Philadelphian’s in thinking about the future of the riverfront in new ways.
The site has since expanded its professional coverage to include in-depth reporting on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, historic preservation, casinos and other pertinent topics including the reformed waterfront corporation – the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. It is felt by many in the design and development communities to be the “paper of record” for these areas of activity in Philadelphia. The project has been funded by the William Penn Foundation.
PlanPhilly has over 6,000 registered users and 32,000 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.
A new website launched in 2013 will help PlanPhilly play a more proactive role in shaping the dialogue around planning and design in Philadelphia through core beat coverage and the Eyes on the Street blog, more targeted neighborhood coverage, and having a more external presence through high-quality “Behind PlanPhilly” events.
PlanPhilly will continue to develop strategic partnerships with key local organizations and government agencies including Temple University School of Journalism, the City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Philadelphia Free Library, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Reinvestment Fund, AxisPhilly, NewsWorks and Azavea.
PlanPhilly.com is a project of PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania. Praxis, in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Center for School Study Councils designed and produced the award-winning 2003 Penn’s Landing Forums and the 2005 Franklin Conference on School Design. In 2005 and 2006, Praxis partnered with the Philadelphia Daily News on Slots and the City, a series that investigated the potential physical implications of casinos on the City of Philadelphia.