Events Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:36:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[NO PARKING: Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibtion]]> April 14, 2017 April 25, 2017

Click here for information about the exhibit. 

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:28:14 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Tree People Spring Planting]]> April 23, 2017 9:30AM 11:00AM

Help the East Kensington Neighbors Association plant more than 80 trees in Fishtown, Port Richmond and East Kensington. Pick up trucks & drivers are needed.  Tools will be provided - please bring gloves for two hours of planting and no experience is necessary!  All ages are welcome rain or shine.  There will be a volunteer lunch after planting at the Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Plant ID Walks Hosted by Fairmount Park Conservancy]]> April 23, 2017 10:00AM 12:00PM

Join AeLin Compton, Community Initiatives Specialist at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation for a mile-long walk during which you will learn to identify plants and trees you see along the way. 

The location is to be announced. 

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:35:29 -0400
<![CDATA[“Bee” a Citizen Scientist!]]> April 23, 2017 12:00PM 3:00PM

 Learn how to track honey bees, recognize when a bee has been infected by a deadly Zombie Fly, map sites of ground-nesting bees at this event. 

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:51 -0400
<![CDATA[AIA's Suburban Pro Con]]> April 24, 2017 8:00AM 7:30PM

The event will be held at Huntingdon Valley Country Club in conjunction with our 18th Annual AIA Philadelphia Golf Outing. Below is the program schedule: 

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Single-Ply Roof Systems (1 AIA CES LU - HSW)
Presenter: Rick Brehm, Soprema

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Passivhaus: 90 Minutes, 180 Facts (1.5 AIA CES LU - HSW)
Presenters: David Salamon, CPHD; Scott Kelly, AIA, LEED AP, SOB, CPHC, Re:Vision Architecture 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Windows and Historic Rehabilitation (1 AIA CES LU - HSW)
Presenter: Chris Beahan, Marvin Windows & Doors

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Acoustics and Speech Intelligibilty (1 AIA CES LU - HSW)
Presenter: Sarah Gray Brown, Topakustik USA

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts (1 AIA CES LU - HSW)
Presenter: Joe DelVecchio, SmartVent

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Two Options)
Designing with Daylight (1 AIA CES LU)
Presenter: Rochelle M. Spahn, Assoc. IALD, MIES, The Lighting Practice

Energy Analysis: Assessing the High Performance House (1 AIA CES LU)
Presenter: Steve Hessler, Hugh Lofting Timber Framing & High Performance Building

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Two Options)
Best Practices in Commissioning Existing Buildings (1 AIA CES LU - HSW)
Presenter: Charles J. Caramanna, PE, LEED AP, CPMP, CCP; Jeffery Riggs, CCP, Greyhawk

Hidden Surprises: Working on Historic Buildings (1 AIA CES LU - HSW)
Presenters: John Davis, PE; Denise Richards, PE, Keast & Hood

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Cocktail Hour

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(Additional Cost)

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:34:06 -0400
<![CDATA[PennDesign Hosts Book Launch Party For "Foreign Trends in American Gardens"]]> April 24, 2017 6:00PM 7:00PM

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, a landscape architecture professor at PennDesign, moderates a discussion with Laurie Olin, a landscape architecture professor, Rebecca Bushnell, an overseer for the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers and David Brownlee, an art professor on themes from the book "Foreign Trends in American Gardens." 

The book addresses the influence of foreign, designed landscapes on the development of their American counterparts. It includes essays from an array of significant scholars in landscape studies and examines topics ranging from the importation of western and eastern styles of design and theoretical literature to the adaptation of specific plant types.

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:44:38 -0400
<![CDATA[Newbold Civic Association Meeting]]> April 24, 2017 6:30PM 7:30PM

The guest speaker for this event is Jade Perry, the physician relations manager for Hahnemann University Hospital. 

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:25:19 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Historical Commission Architectural Committee Meeting]]> April 25, 2017 9:00AM 1:30PM

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:18:00 -0500
<![CDATA[William Penn's Philadelphia Tour]]> April 26, 2017 11:00AM 1:00PM

This two-hour tour explores the sites that follow Penn’s journey from Anglican English gentleman to Quaker founder of Pennsylvania. 

The tour is $12 for museum members and is by reservation only. Call 215-685-4830 to register. 

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[DVRPC Board Meeting]]> April 27, 2017 10:00AM 12:00PM

1.    Minutes of Meeting of March 23, 2017

2.   Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Actions

  1. PA17-33:  Woodland Avenue over SEPTA, City of Philadelphia, (MPMS #98232)
  2. PA17-34:  PA 663 Traffic Study, I-476 to PA 309, (MPMS #108907), Bucks County
  3. PA17-35:  PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund Projects (2016), (Various MPMS #s), Various Counties

3. Fiscal Year 2017 Planning Work Program Amendment

SolSmart "Fast Track" Advisor: Continuation of Technical Assistance to Municipalities in PA and NJ

DVRPC has been competitively selected to provide free technical assistance to two additional local governments in PA and up to three additional local governments in NJ in coordination with Sustainable Jersey under the SolSmart program. SolSmart is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program managed by The Solar Foundation and funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.  DVRPC staff is currently serving as a technical advisor to eight municipalities in southeastern PA under the SolSmart program through a previously awarded round of funding. 

4. Amend DVRPC By-Laws Regarding Cancelled Meetings

Amend the By-Laws of the Commission and Executive Committee to establish procedures in the event that a Board or Executive Committee meeting must be cancelled due to inclement weather or any other circumstance, and action is deemed essential to carry out the immediate business of the Commission.

5. Appointment of Nominating Committee for Fiscal Year 2018 DVRPC Board Officers

 A Nominating Committee will be selected to appoint candidates for Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018). The Chair for FY 2018 must be from New Jersey. The committee will report these candidates at the May Board Meeting and elections will take place at the June Board Meeting.


6. VW Settlement Funding

In October 2016, the U.S. government agreed to a $14.7 billion settlement against Volkswagen (VW) for equipping more than 500,000 of its diesel vehicles with emissions testing “cheat” devices. Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been allocated over $166 million in funds to replace diesel vehicles to mitigate the air pollution emitted from VW vehicles that violated emission testing rules. Staff will review the framework of the VW settlement, identify project types that are eligible to access these mitigation funds, and review the timeline and potential strategies to apply for funds for the Greater Philadelphia Region.


7. 2015 Travel Trends Report

This report assesses trends in auto vehicle trips and transit passenger trips in the Delaware Valley region.  Data collected in 2015 is compared to the years 2000, 2005, and 2010.


8. One Minute Reports

Board Members and Alternates are invited to provide updates on the activities of    their counties/agencies.

9. Executive Director's Report

  1. NARC Transportation Policy Letter
  2. NJ TransAction Conference
  3. Fleets for the Future workshop
  4. Regional Streetlight Procurement Program
  5. GVF Award
  6. The Self-Navigating Region
  7. Classic Towns Trolley Tour
  8. Board Retreat 2017
  9. New Releases and other meetings

10.  Committee Reports

  1. Regional Technical Committee
  2. Public Participation Task Force
  3. Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force
  4. Regional Community and Economic Development Forum
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Civic Infrastructure: A Model For Civic Asset Reinvestment]]> April 27, 2017 6:00PM 7:00PM

Randall Mason, PennPraxis's executive director and an associate professor, will host a panel discussion about how cities can design assets beneficial for all residents. Participants include Maurice Cox, Detroit's planning director and the former director of Tulane City Center at the Tulane School of Architecture, Atlanta Beltline founder Ryan Gravel and Lynne Sagalyn, a professor of real estate at the Columbia Business School. 

RSVP for the event here.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:27:00 -0400
<![CDATA[For the Love of Germantown! Annual Benefit]]> April 27, 2017 6:00PM 9:00PM

For the Love of Germantown! supports Germantown United CDC’s important work promoting and facilitating the revitalization of Germantown’s business district through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development. 

Tickets can be purchased here.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:21:01 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA Community Meeting]]> April 27, 2017 6:30PM 7:30PM

This meeting will update the public about the ROUTE 15 Track Renewal Project. 

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Meeting]]> April 27, 2017 7:00PM 8:00PM

At this general meeting, meet the new Captain of the 26th Police District - and get information on the City's new property tax assessments. There will also be nominations for the NLNA Board of Directors annual election.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers Home Season Performances]]> April 27, 2017 8:00PM April 29, 2017 9:30PM

April 27-29, 2017:

April 27 / 8pm
April 28 / 8pm
April 29 / 2:30pm and 8pm

Prince Theater | Main Stage

Reserved Seating: $22 to $38

Run-time: 90 minutes, including intermission

KYL/D’s dance artistry is informed by diverse philosophies, living traditions and contemplative practices of Asian origin. The multi-ethnic ensemble “continues to push artistic boundaries” with technically-demanding, contemporary work of poetic sensibility choreographed by Kun-Yang Lin (Dance Enthusiast).

KYL/D’s home season features the world premiere of Santuario – a moving response to the tragic shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando – and the critically acclaimed One: Immortal Game – an exploration of humankind’s rituals surrounding the drive to win.

Join the artists for a Post-Show Conversation following the Sat 2:30 performance. A safe space for questions, comments and conversation.

Join the artists for two Pre-Show Encounters at KYL/D’s dance center in South Philly. Encounter. Share. Unravel the creative process. March 30 @ 7:30pm, Deconstructing Santuario and April 13 @ 7:30pm, Deconstructing One: Immortal Game. For more info., visit

Fundraising Benefit

KYL/D will donate $5 of EVERY ticket sold to be shared by: New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, William Way LGBT Community Center and the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia

The official registration and financial information of these organizations may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Photo: Rob Li

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:08:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Why Walking Matters]]> April 28, 2017 11:00AM 12:15PM

Walking is something that nearly everyone does on a daily basis.  Not only is it our planet’s most reliable form of transportation, it’s good for our collective health, has little impact on the environment, and it’s practically free.  It makes sense that the Greater Philadelphia region will do all we could to make it as easy as possible to get people out and about--from our youngest (and most vulnerable) pedestrians to our seniors (who may not always feel as steady on their feet).  You may know why walking matters – but convincing others can be a challenge.  Tune in for useful strategies and learn how Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is doing its part to promote walkability (and healthy decision making).

This webinar is part of a three-part walkability webinar series co-sponsored by the Montgomery County (PA) Planning Commission and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:07:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Scenes from the Kitchen: An Afternoon with Friends]]> April 28, 2017 12:00PM 2:00PM

Upper School students from Germantown Friends School, in association with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, are performing their own scenes and music inspired by Cliveden's kitchen spaces.

This conversation is held in remembrance of Byron Davis, Upper Head at GFS. 

There is a suggested donation of $5 for this conversation. Scenes from the Kitchen will be held in our Carriage House, but space is limited. Reservations are required, and can be made through our website:

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:03:26 -0400
<![CDATA[PEA Construction Tour: 1601 Vine Street Residential Tower]]> April 28, 2017 3:00PM 5:00PM

Join PEA for a construction tour of the new, 36-story mixed-use residential and retail project at 1601 Vine Street.

Registration is required and limited to 30 people. All participants are required to wear safety goggles, hard hat, long pants, and closed-toe shoes during the tour.

Register here

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:12:22 -0400
<![CDATA[Visit Orinoka Civic House]]> April 28, 2017 3:30PM 5:30PM

Join PlanPhilly and NKCDC for a site visit to Orinoka Civic House in Kensington. It’s the mixed-use affordable housing development and soon-to-be home for NKCDC, built from the former Orinoka Mills, a 19th-century textile mill site at East Somerset and Ruth streets. We’ll tour the nearly-finished Orinoka Civic House, discuss how Somerset Neighbors for Better Living are organizing to improve the neighborhood and visit Porch Light’s new Kensington Storefront – all of which are efforts to build a healthier, more hopeful future for a corner of the city challenged by the opioid epidemic. There will also be a chance to sit down with Felix Torres-Colon, NKCDC’s new executive director, and hear about his visions for the organization.

Meet us at the Northwest corner of the Huntingdon SEPTA station on the Market-Frankford El. Click here to purchase a ticket for the event. 

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:21:36 -0400
<![CDATA[City-Wide Star Party: An Evening Under the Stars]]> April 28, 2017 7:30PM 9:30PM

This is the biggest stargazing party in the region. It was formerly known as Astronomy Night, and Wyck will host the star party in the historic rose garden.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:55:40 -0400