Events Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:16:04 -0400 en <![CDATA[Exhibit: Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag]]> July 2, 2016 November 6, 2016

From Civil War-Era Flags to campaign buttons, to children's toys, this exhibit assembles hundreds of flag-related artifacts that represent a unique part of American heritage. Included with museum admission.

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:05:43 -0400
<![CDATA[Transforming the Tunnel: The Rail Park | 2017 Better Philadelphia Challenge]]> October 7, 2016 12:00AM October 28, 2016 11:30PM

First Prize: $5,000!

Download the 2017 Challenge Brief HERE

Philadelphia’s City Branch is an unused network of 115-year-old depressed rail lines that transported goods and people into and out of Center City Philadelphia. In 1992 the tracks were taken out of service and now lay dormant.

Friends of the Rail Park, a non-profit advocacy and fundraising group, has developed a vision for a 3-mile linear park and multi-modal transportation corridor on the unused rail lines that connects 10 neighborhoods with Center City, Fairmount Park, and some of Philadelphia’s most important cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. They envision the park as a series of interconnected neighborhood gathering spaces with a focus on health and wellness, arts and culture, and environmental and educational programming, as well as serving as a bicycle and pedestrian thoroughfare.

Beginning near 21st Street, at the western edge of the depressed “Cut” section of tracks, is a covered “Tunnel” section (50 feet wide by 25 feet high) which extends five blocks before the tracks reemerge and slowly ramp back above ground by 31st Street. Taking into consideration the three-mile vision for the park, what design interventions could improve access to, transit through, lighting in, and programming for the Rail Park Tunnel, making this covered section a useful, fun, and safe public space for all?

Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon [1910-2005], this annual competition challenges university-level students (undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students) from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to urban centers around the globe. This challenge is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee of the Center for Architecture and Design.

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:26:12 -0400
<![CDATA[Community Meeting: Northwest Phila. Green Infrastructure]]> October 24, 2016 6:00PM 7:00PM

The Philadelphia Water Department is holding a community meeting to provide information about upcoming construction of green stormwater infrastructure near Chelten Hills Cemetery, Pennypacker School and Sedgwick Station.

These improvements are a part of the City of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters program, which reduces sewer overflows and protects local waterways by managing stormwater with a variety of green tools.

Please attend this meeting to learn more about these projects.

Read up on Green City, Clean Waters and how these tools are keeping 1.5 billion gallons of polluted water out of our rivers and creeks each year:

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:42:27 -0400
<![CDATA[NLNA Zoning Meeting]]> October 24, 2016 6:30PM 8:30PM

6:30PM: 928-32 N. 4th (RSA5) Kay Myers. Return visit for legalizing a duplex in a single family zone.

7:10: 316R & 318R W. George (RSA5) Roger Perry. Proposal to relocate lot lines and create two single family dwellings.

7:45: 928 N. Leithgow (RSA5) Ed Fink. Return visit for single family dwelling.

8:15: 1019 Germantown Ave. - Monarch Swim Club (CMX-2) Jordan Rushie. Application for Special Assembly Occupancy License.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:12:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Architectural Committee Meeting]]> October 25, 2016 9:00AM 12:00PM

All meetings of the Architectural Committee, a technical advisory committee to the Historical Commission, are open to the public. 

TIME: 9:00 A.M.


Proposal: Construct in-ground swimming pool

Review Requested: Final Approval

Owner: L3C Alden Park Apartments I LLC

Applicant: Thomas Chapman, Blank Rome LLP

History: 1925; Alden Park; Edwyn Grant Rourke, architect Individual Designation: 5/7/1981
District Designation: None
Easement: Yes

Staff Contact: Jon Farnham,, 215-686-7660

TIME: 9:15 A.M.


Proposal: Install canopy with signage

Review Requested: Review In Concept

Owner: Independence Center Realty LP

Applicant: Mark Merlini, Brickstone Realty

History: 1859; Lit Brothers Store; various buildings, 1859-1906
Individual Designation: 5/26/1970, 6/30/1970
District Designation: None

Staff Contact: Jon Farnham,, 215-686-7660

TIME: 9:30 A.M.

Proposal: Replace entry doors; replace loading dock door; construct ADA ramp
Review Requested: Final Approval

Owner: Venbrow, a PA Partnership

Applicant: Jessica Senker, J&M Preservation Studio
History: 1880; Venturi Scott Brown Associates

Individual Designation: None
 District Designation: Manayunk Historic District, Significant, 12/14/1983

Staff Contact: Laura DiPasquale,, 215-686-7660

TIME: 9:45 A.M.


Proposal: Construct garage with driveway
Review Requested: Final Approval Owner: Roger Ross

Applicant: Roger Ross
History: 1871; Benjamin Kenworthy House; William F. Rayner, builder
Individual Designation: 4/10/2015
District Designation: None

Staff Contact: Kim Broadbent,, 215-686-7660

TIME: 10:00 A.M.


Proposal: Construct addition

Review Requested: Final Approval

Owner: Marion Ruth Rogel

Applicant: Steven Cohen, Steven S. Cohen, Architect P.C.
History: 1923; English Village; Spencer Roberts, architect

Individual Designation: None
Designation: Rittenhouse Fitler Residential Historic District, Significant, 2/8/1995
Staff Contact: Meredith Keller,, 215-686-7660

TIME: 10:15 A.M.


Proposal: Construct addition; rehabilitate train shed

Review Requested: Final Approval

Owner: Alterra Property Group

Applicant: Emanuel Kelly, Kelly/Maiello Artchitects & Planners History: 1876; Railroad Depot
Individual Designation: 5/31/1966, 8/12/2005
District Designation: None

Staff Contact: Randal Baron,, 215-686-7660

TIME: 10:30 A.M.
ADDRESS: 141-43 N 04TH ST & 319 CHERRY ST

Proposal: Construct additions and 7-story building

Review Requested: Review In Concept
Owner: John G. Traver Co., Inc.

Applicant: Stuart Rosenberg, Stuart G. Rosenberg Architects, P.C. History: 1780
Individual Designation: 4/26/1966
District Designation: Old City Historic District, Significant, 12/12/2003
Staff Contact: Randal Baron,, 215-686-7660

TIME: 10:45 A.M.

Proposal: Demolish rear vestibule; construct new vestibule with deck
Review Requested: Final Approval

Owner: John James
Applicant: Ben Sabagh
History: 1923; English Village; Spencer Roberts, architect

Individual Designation: None
District Designation: Rittenhouse Fitler Residential Historic District, Significant, 2/8/1995
Staff Contact: Randal Baron,, 215-686-7660 

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[The Politics of Pennsylvania's Energy Future]]> October 25, 2016 6:30PM 8:00PM

The ongoing battle to reduce carbon emissions requires a complete overhaul of our current system, from the coal mine to the power plant, to the grid that delivers electricity to our homes. Pennsylvania is in the crosshairs of this debate, which will impact everything from utility bills to employment prospects, from real estate values to cleaner air. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton present two starkly different futures when it comes to energy policy, environmental protection, and climate change. 

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Susan Phillips will moderate a panel examining their platforms, as well as developments in alternative energy, natural gas, nuclear, and coal, through a national and a regional lens.  Panelists include: Christina Simeone of UPENN’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, former Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Quigley and Eric Orts of the Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.


  • Christina Simeone, director of policy and external affairs at Kleinman Center for Energy Policy 
  • John Quigley, former secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection
  • Eric Orts, faculty director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at the Wharton School
  • Marc Montalvo, president, Daymark Energy Advisors 


This program was made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.  

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[NLNA Zoning Meeting]]> October 25, 2016 6:30PM 8:30PM

6:30PM: 221 Fairmount (RSA5) Lavi Shenkman. Proposal for deck at the rear of the house.

7:10: 1001-13 N. 2nd (formerly Kings Oak) Joe Beller. Proposal for a brew pub.

7:45: 325 Spring Garden (CMX-2) Michael Mattioni. Take-out restaurant (Special Exception).

8:15: 626 N. Delaware Ave. (CMX-3) Michael Mattioni. Proposed legalization of vehicle lot and storage with three curb cuts.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:16:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Olde Richmond Civic Association Monthly Meeting]]> October 25, 2016 7:30PM 9:30PM

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:32:52 -0400
<![CDATA[Rethinking Institutional Properties]]> October 26, 2016 4:00PM 6:00PM

The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) invites the public to attend a workshop on  “Rethinking Institutional Properties” on Wednesday, October 26, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Ambler Borough Hall, 131 Rosemary Avenue, Ambler. This informative event will discuss how to embrace the past and invest in the future by adapting former institutional properties, such as churches and schools, for new purposes. 

The event will provide guidelines that can be used by communities to plan for and achieve transformative reuse. The presentation will examine successful case studies of institutional adaptive reuse in the county, including the conversion of the former Humane Fire Engine Company of Norristown - now Five Saints Distilling; and the former Perkiomen Valley Middle School in Trappe, PA, which is currently being converted to condominiums.  Guest speakers Chris Leswing, AICP; Peter Phillips, AIA, and George Marks, AIA will discuss comprehensive planning and institutional property reuse and their experiences with adapting former institutional buildings into a borough hall and modern offices.

A major highlight of the evening will be the release of a new guidebook, Rethinking Institutional Properties, which was created by MCPC. 

This event is being provided as part of Planning Smarter Montco 2016, a Montgomery County initiative offering planning education and outreach.  Online registration and more information are available at   

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:42:50 -0400
<![CDATA[OkTECHberfest Networking Mixer]]> October 26, 2016 6:00PM 8:00PM

Please join Tech in Motion for our OkTECHberfest event. At this tech mixer there will be drinks, bites, quality networking opportunities and the chance to meet some great local technologists and entrepreneurs from the area.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:09:12 -0400
<![CDATA[Inside the Planner's Studio]]> October 26, 2016 6:30PM 8:30PM

Have you ever wondered how someone became such a successful and effective planner? What advice they could provide about civic engagement? What projects are they are most proud of and why? APAPASE’s “Inside the Planner’s Studio” series asks these questions and more. We’re honored to have Anne Fadullon, Philadelphia’s Director of Planning and Development, as our 3rd speaker in the annual “Inside the Planners Studio” speaker series. Karen Thompson of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be asking Ms. Fadullon about her career, civic engagement, and her advice for planners. Karen will skip the small talk and ask Ms. Fadullon the big questions: What pivotal moments have shaped her career? If she could go back, would she do anything differently? You’ll have to come to find out! 

October has been designated as National Community Planning Month by the American Planning Association. This year’s theme, “Civic Engagement,” acknowledges that thoughtful local planning cannot happen without meaningful community engagement. Follow the national conversation at #PlanningMonth.

Anne Fadullon

Anne Fadullon is the Director of Planning and Development, a cabinet level position for the City of Philadelphia, which includes OHCD, PRA, PHDC and the Land Bank, as well as overseeing the City's planning, zoning, development services and historical commission. Previously, she was the Director of Development, Dale Corporation. Anne had been with the Dale Corporation since 2000.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Lehigh University and her Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to her tenure at the Dale Corporation, Anne was Director of Development at the Redevelopment Authority during the Rendell Administration.  Anne has nearly 30-years of experience in the real estate development field, including project management, planning, site acquisition, and construction implementation.

Her resume at Dale Corporation includes the completion of the Neumann North Senior Housing complex, which includes 67 affordable rental units for seniors.  Currently under construction is Spring Arts Point, a mixed-income, mixed-use project.  She also served as a development consultant on a broad spectrum of both, market-rate and affordable projects in Philadelphia. During the course of her extensive career, Anne has administered over 125 residential and commercial development projects, which produced over 1,500 housing units and numerous commercial enterprises.

Karen Thompson, Interviewer

Karen Thompson is a Planner and Project Manager with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation where she works on a variety of streetscape, trail, planning, and park projects as part of the implementation of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Her projects include the Penn’s Landing Redevelopment Study, the Delaware River Trail design, the Columbia Avenue and Spring Garden Street Connector projects, and the West Shipyard Archaeology study. Ms. Thompson previously worked as a historian at a small preservation planning firm in Austin, Texas and holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in History and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania with a certificate in Urban Design. She is also involved in the Emerging Professionals and Events Committee of the APAPASE.


American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APAPASE) is the Philadelphia area section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, representing approximately 740 members in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. For more information about APAPASE, please Follow us on Twitter at @APAPASoutheast, like us on Facebook, or join our group on LinkedIn.  

APAPASE would like to thank the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design for sponsoring this event! 

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:16:58 -0400
<![CDATA[South of South Neighborhood Board of Directors Meeting]]> October 26, 2016 7:00PM 9:00PM

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:46:22 -0400
<![CDATA[High Performance Housing Forum]]> October 27, 2016 5:30AM 8:30AM

Please join the AIA Philadelphia Housing Committee & the Building Industry Association (BIA) as they co-host the Second Annual Housing Event, the High Performance Housing Forum. Networking, food and drinks will be served. 

This should be a very informative evening where we will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing High Performance Housing and its expansion in the Philadelphia market. The session will explore:

• What are the key features and design elements that define High Performance Housing?
• What are the biggest obstacles to realizing High Performance Housing in Philadelphia?
• What are some ways to drive down the cost of High Performance Housing and what incentives are there for developers, designers and builders?

Scott Kelly, Principal at Re:Vision Architecture, will moderate a panel of three High Performance Housing experts:
• James Maransky, Builder/Developer with the Envision Group & E-Built, LLC;
• Tim McDonald, Architect/Developer with Onion Flats, LLC & Plumbob, LLC;
• Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:38:56 -0400
<![CDATA[Fairmount Civic Association Meeting]]> October 27, 2016 7:00PM 9:00PM

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:49:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Fairmount Civic Association Meeting]]> October 27, 2016 7:00PM 9:00PM

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:33:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Port Richmond Community Group Meeting]]> October 27, 2016 7:00PM 9:00PM

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:18:16 -0400
<![CDATA['Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise' with Dr. Henry Louis Gates]]> October 28, 2016 7:00PM 8:00PM

President Barack Obama, boxer Muhammad Ali and megastar Beyoncé are just a few prominent figures that have emerged in the 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the birth of Black Power. In 2016, the United States has a black president and black CEOs—and a large black underclass. In his forthcoming documentary Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Harvard professor and scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. raises disturbing and vital questions about this dichotomy. What will “the black community” mean tomorrow?

Dr. Gates will join us for a preview screening and panel discussion hosted by Dr. James Peterson of WHYY’s The Remix to discuss the future of the African American community with an emphasis on music’s role in expanding the message of Dr. King’s legacy in the past 50 years.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise will premiere on WHYY-TV on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m.

VIP MEMBERSHIP MEET AND GREET: Guests who purchase VIP tickets will enjoy refreshments during the reception, and will enjoy the rare opportunity to see Dr. Gates host a live interview from the best seats in the house.To purchase tickets to the VIP program, click here. 

GENERAL ADMISSION: Tickets to the screening are free but registration is required.  There will not be assigned seating for this event. 

This program is co-presented by Penn Africana Studies and WHYY.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:43:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Peoplehood: We Might Be Giants]]> October 29, 2016 12:00PM

The Peoplehood Parade is a celebration of our communities’ creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on their convictions. This year's theme is about collective power and be(com)ing GIANT together. Groups are encouraged to represent in the parade, bringing their own art or joining a Spiral Q section (to carrying a giant puppet!). The parade begins at the Paul Robeson House (50th and Walnut) and ends at Clark Park (45th and Chester) with a participatory Healing and Reconciliation dance in the park. Parade line-up is at NOON Parade steps of at 1PM.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:36:14 -0400
<![CDATA[Passyunk Square House Tour]]> October 29, 2016 12:00PM 4:00PM

The annual Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 12-4pm! The Home Tour is a self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the Passyunk Square neighborhood and is one of PSCA’s most successful and important fundraisers. The tour features homes in all stages of renovation, providing a chance to compare contractors, get ideas, and meet neighbors.

Tickets are just $20 in advance.

Day of tickets may be purchased for $25 dollars begining at 11:15 AM at B2 (1500 E. Passyunk Ave.).

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:07:14 -0400
<![CDATA[Society Hill: The Great Deceiver SPECIAL Walking Tour]]> October 29, 2016 1:30PM 3:30PM

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia in partnership with Hidden City presents SOCIETY HILL: THE GREAT DECIEVER. 


No neighborhood in Philadelphia has as complex and contradictory a history as Society Hill. Over time, the neighborhood has been home to Philadelphia's aristocracy, later Jewish immigrants and African-Americans, in addition to sweatshops and wholesale produce markets. It was also the birthplace of Philadelphia's historic preservation movement and the site of remarkably successful urban renewal scheme. We'll explore the process of how neighborhoods change and learn to read the urban landscape for signs of the past. You'll never look at Society Hill the same way again!

Saturday, October 29th at 1:30 pm AND Saturday, November 12th at 1:30 pm.

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance. These tours will sell out and no walk-up guests can be accommodated.
  • Tours last about 2 hours. 
  • Tours run rain or shine.

BUY TICKETS ($20 General / $15 Preservation Alliance & Hidden City Members / $15 Students)

MEETING LOCATION: 232 S. 3rd Street, intersection of 3rd Street & St. James Place

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:38:18 -0400