Events Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:29:41 -0400 en <![CDATA[Transforming Tomorrow Today]]> May 3, 2016 2:00PM 5:00PM

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) worked with an interdisciplinary Futures Group, which identified a set of "Future Forces" that are driving non-linear change in Greater Philadelphia. Future Forces can arise from social, technological, economic, environmental, or political trends. Join us to learn and discuss the key forces driving change, how data and new technologies are shifting how we get around, where we work, what we do; along with actions we can take to better prepare the region for the future.

  • Enduring Urbanism – People and jobs moving to walkable centers is the start of a long-term trend.
  • The Free Agent Economy – Increased outsourcing and automation means individuals must create their own economic opportunities.
  • Severe Climate – Continued rise in atmospheric carbon levels lead to significant disruptions from climate change.
  • Transportation on Demand – Smartphones, apps, and real-time information help people get around using a variety of new and existing transportation modes.
  • The U.S. Energy Boom – An abundance of domestically produced oil and natural gas keeps the cost of energy low.


Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:29:41 -0400
<![CDATA[Fishtown Neighbors Association Zoning Meeting]]> May 3, 2016 7:00PM 8:30PM

FNA Zoning Meeting - Tuesday 5/3, 7pm at the Fishtown Rec Center

All residents and business owners in Fishtown are eligible to vote with proof of Fishtown residence or business ownership. Projects that will be presented to the community for a vote include:

1222 E Columbia Ave Proposal for the partial demolition of an existing garage and construction of two additional floors for use as a single family residence.

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:24:15 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Art Commission Meeting]]> May 4, 2016 9:30AM 12:00PM

The Art Commission is Philadelphia’s design review board. It must approve the design of all construction projects located on City property or funded with City money. The Commission must also approve the design of anything constructed or installed on or over the public right-of-way as well as all public art to be acquired by the City or placed on public property.

Submission Procedures

Submission guidelines and review processes for Construction Projects, Newsstands, Signs and Works of Art.


At the turn of the twentieth century, an outcry was heard from a broad coalition of citizens and organizations who were outraged by the ugliness and unsightliness of American cities.


The Art Commission is guided by certain sections of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 14:35:58 -0500
<![CDATA[Map It Out: An Introductory Guide to Open Source Mapping]]> May 4, 2016 1:30PM 5:00PM

Have you ever wanted to learn a new way to produce maps for reports or the web? This class offers an introduction to Quantum GIS, CartoDB and Geoda, three open source mapping platforms. Feel free to bring your laptop if you want to follow along! The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association Southeast Section (APAPASE) represents the planning profession in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties and the City of Philadelphia. Coffee, tea, water, and cookies will be provided.

Cost: $20

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:57:42 -0400
<![CDATA[An Evening with Janette Sadik-Khan]]> May 4, 2016 5:30PM 8:00PM

PlanPhilly is hosting a very special event with former NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on Wednesday, May 4th at WHYY, and you're invited!

During her time as Transportation Commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City striped 365 miles of bike lanes, and installed over 50 pedestrian plazas—the most sweeping change to the city's streets in a half-century.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has committed to continue the city's work to create more complete streets and improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, making New York’s experience especially timely.

This event will be a unique opportunity to engage with one of the world's most respected leaders in urban transportation and leave with some lessons and inspiration for Philadelphia.

Reception and registration will begin at 5:30 pm. The program begins at 6:30, followed by a book signing of Sadik-Khan's new book 'Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution'. (Books will be for sale.)

We’re expecting a crowd, so click here to RSVP today.

PlanPhilly is presenting this event in partnership with Urban Engineers and support from Yards Brewing Co

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:15:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Green Drinks--Northern Liberties]]> May 4, 2016 6:30PM 9:00PM

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:11:56 -0500
<![CDATA[Twelve Gates Arts Third Annual Gala]]> May 4, 2016 7:00PM 10:30PM

Join us for an elegant evening of arts and culture in support of Twelve Gates Arts, a non profit (501(c)(3)) organization created with the aim to showcase international multidisciplinary arts bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity, especially the South Asian identity, and to create and promote projects in the community that cross geographic and cultural boundaries.

Cocktail Reception with Passed Hors d'oeuvres & Small Plates + Dessert Buffet by La Peg Brasserie

Live Performance by the Almanac Dance troupe

Art Auction

Theme: Gothic Glamor: Desi Style If You Please

Attire: Eclectic Formal or Semi-Formal

Complimentary Valet

Purchase tickets at

Twelve Gates Arts is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We provide acknowledgement for all donations and comply with IRS requirements for special documentation of contributions over $250.

Please contact for sponsorship inquires and other information or if you would like to learn more about VOLUNTEERING for the event.

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:41:24 -0400
<![CDATA[The 2016 Rittenhouse Row Preview Party]]> May 4, 2016 7:00PM 9:30PM

Join Rittenhouse Row for the 2016 Spring Festival Preview Party, featuring cuisine from Rittenhouse Row’s best restaurants, cocktails from our best bartenders and a silent auction with Rittenhouse Row experiences and merchandise.

Participating bars and restaurants include: A. Kitchen + Bar, Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher & Singer, Continental Mid-town, The Dandelion, Davio’s, Parc, Philly Pop, Rouge, Termini Brothers Bakery, Tinto, Village Whiskey and many more.


Proceeds from the event will benefit Rittenhouse Row, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood (bold) The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Presented by Capital One will be held on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 5 pm rain or shine. Held on Walnut Street from Broad to 19th, the annual event showcases Philadelphia’s finest fashions, cuisine and entertainment and attracts more than 50,000 people to enjoy the best of Rittenhouse Row. We hope you will join us.

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:35:05 -0400
<![CDATA[Donald Shoup: The High Cost of Free Parking]]> May 5, 2016 8:00AM 11:00AM

Spring Forum – The High Cost of Free Parking

The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance invites you to meet Donald Shoup, FAICP, recipient of the American Planning Association’s 2015 National Planning Excellence Award, who will address land use, parking, smart growth and strong communities. Following his presentation will be a discussion from our expert panelists, Anne Fadullon, Tim Haahs, and Rob Zuritsky.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Registration – 8:00 am
Program – 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 22:07:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group May Meeting: "Philadelphia Chinatown: At the Intersection of Culture, Immigration and Change"]]> May 5, 2016 8:00AM 9:30AM

DAG returns to its home at the Center for Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street, on May 5th.

Chinatown is a historic Philadelphia community which also happens to be a regional anchor of Asian culture, commerce and living. We will look back on the complexities and challenges that have faced Chinatown during its transformation these past 50 years, and explore issues such as community identity, a diversifying population, sustaining leadership, equitable development and many others. We will challenge the doomsday view of Chinatown's future and discuss, in turn, the fragility and strength of this immigrant community.

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:45:38 -0400
<![CDATA[Urban Consulate - City Lobby #PHL]]> May 5, 2016 5:00PM 7:00PM

Join us for City Lobby, our pop-up parlor for urban exchange. First Thursdays in Philadelphia. Locals & travelers welcome! Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins.


- Claire Nelson, Urban Consulate (Detroit & New Orleans)

- Joan Vorderbruggen, Made Here (Minneapolis)

- Dwayne Wharton, The Food Trust (Philadelphia)



Instagram & Twitter: @UrbanConsulate 

#CityLobby #CityLobbyPHL


Knight Foundation

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:19:45 -0400
<![CDATA[YFPA's 3rd Annual "In With the Old" Benefit Party]]> May 5, 2016 5:30PM 8:30PM

Join the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance for the third annual "In With the Old" benefit party! We will be raising funds to support a young preservation professional and the advocacy initiatives of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The event will include free drinks (21+) and light hors d'oeuvres, a raffle for prizes, tours of the historic Pennsylvania Hospital Great Court, historic library, and surgical amphitheater. Come party with us to support the historic city you love!

Tickets available at Eventbrite. Get updates and more info on our Facebook event page.

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:57:05 -0400
<![CDATA[Harrowgate Civic Meeting]]> May 5, 2016 6:00PM 7:30PM

Harrowgate Civic Meeting
6:00 pm
Neighborhood Update
Town Watch Update
Friends of Harrowgate Park Update
24th District update and stats

Heitzman Recreation Center
3631 Amber St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:11:17 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane's Walk - Down by the River: 2nd Street to Pier 68]]> May 6, 2016 12:00PM 1:00PM

Tasker & 2nd / SW corner
May 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM, 1 Hour

About This Walk
Pier 68 is the most recent pier-park created by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). The pier’s design allows the space to function as a recreational fishing pier and gathering space, where visitors can lounge on wave-shaped benches while overlooking a vast expanse of waterfront. DRWC project manager Lizzie Woods will speak on this pier design project, as well as the Tasker Street Connector project that will eventually ease access to Pier 68 and the entire Delaware River Trail. Walk leaders Heather and Mehron Moqtaderi will begin this walk at the SW corner of 2nd and Tasker Streets, then progress to Pier 68 via Tasker Street. Group discussion will be encouraged on the topic of accessing the waterfront, and the feasibility of improvements that would improve access via Tasker Street. Bring lunch if you’d like to participate in a group picnic on Pier 68 after our walk concludes!

Walk Route

  1. Tasker & 2nd / SW corner
  2. Tasker Street Connector
  3. Pier 68

How to Find Us
We'll meet you on the southwest corner.

Taking Public Transit
Close to stops on the 7, 29, 57 bus routes

About the Walk Team
Mehron & Heather Moqtaderi
Co-Walk Leader
Heather and Mehron Moqtaderi are co-authors of Philadelphia’s Old Southwark District (2014 Arcadia Publishing), a photographic history book that includes Queen Village, Pennsport, and Dickinson Square West. The couple resides in Pennsport, and they have been exploring the waterfront since the days when they had to sneak through a broken chain link fence to access the river.

Lizzie Woods
Lizzie Woods is a Planner and Project Manager with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. For the past three and a half years, she has managed a diverse portfolio of planning and development projects at DRWC including the Delaware River Trail, the Washington Avenue Pier, and Pier 68. She graduated from Smith College and received a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She lives in the Dickinson Square West neighborhood of Philadelphia and is a frequent visitor of the pier parks and waterfront trail even in her free time.


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:24:52 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane's Walk - Rescuing Dead Public Spaces]]> May 6, 2016 3:00PM 4:30PM

Rescuing Dead Public Spaces

Led By Jon Geeting

May 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Meeting at SORRY game piece sculpture

About This Walk

Philadelphia is home to many world-class public spaces, but it is also home to many bad ones—places that, despite being nominally reserved for the public's enjoyment, fail to be enjoyed. On this Jane's Walk, attendees are invited to discuss what has gone wrong with these places, and what could be done to make them better places for people. The walk begins at the Municipal Services Building plaza (we'll meet at the Sorry game piece) and visit the City Hall courtyard and apron, Penn Center, the Convention Center, and the corporate plazas of Market Street West.

Walk Route

  1. SORRY game piece sculpture
  2. City Hall Courtyard
  3. Penn Center

How to Find Us

react-text: 77 I'll be at the red Sorry game piece sculpture. /react-text

Taking Public Transit

react-text: 81 15th Street / City Hall subway stops /react-text

About the Walk Team

Jon Geeting
Walk Leader
Engagement Editor at PlanPhilly


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:33:32 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane's Walk - Love - City - Nature: Mt Airy Day Walk]]> May 7, 2016 11:00AM 12:30PM

Love - City - Nature: Mt Airy Day Walk

Led By Bradley Maule

May 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Meeting at High Point Café @ SEPTA Allen Lane Station

About This Walk

When people think of Mt Airy, they think of pretty scenery, classic architecture, and American history. This walk incorporates a little bit of all of this. We'll dip our toes into the Wissahickon on its newest segment of hiking trails, observe over 300 years of building types from colonial schoolhouse to art deco theater, and we'll follow an ancient native trail to historic Cliveden, the main site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown—and host of Mt Airy Day festivities, with food, drink, music, and more.

Walk Route

  1. High Point Café @ SEPTA Allen Lane Station
    Have a great cup of coffee roasted right here in Mt Airy at a historic train station built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1884.
  2. Cresheim Trail
    The newest segment of the Wissahickon Valley's 50+ hiking trail network, soon to extend even further
  3. Lutheran Theological Seminary
    Site of the historic namesake of Mt Airy, and the beginning of the Battle of Germantown
  4. Sedgwick Theater
    Circa-1928 art deco theater, home to Quintessence Theatre Group
  5. Lovett Library & Park
    One of five Civic Commons PHL renovations underway
  6. Cliveden
    Main site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown; host of the 46th annual Mt Airy Day

How to Find Us

We'll be the group huddled outside the coffee shop talking about Jane Jacobs' 100th birthday.

Taking Public Transit

We're meeting AT the train station! SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West Line arrives at 10:46am, plenty of time to pop into High Point Café for a coffee. 

Parking Availability

Parking is available on Cresheim Road, Mt Airy Avenue, and Nippon Street. Please do NOT park in the High Point Café parking lot.


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane's Walk - Discover Germantown—History, Hope, and Promise for the Future]]> May 7, 2016 12:30PM 2:00PM

Discover Germantown—History, Hope, and Promise for the Future

Led By Robert Seeley

May 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Meeting at Greene Street and Chelten Ave. Bus Stop

About This Walk

During the 1950s and 1960s, Germantown, a beautiful and historic neighborhood, suffered from racist block-busting, white flight, disinvestment, and bad urban planning. Major stores moved to suburban malls. Parks and recreation centers were underfunded and poorly maintained. Throughout this period, Germantown remained a neighborhood with good “bones” and strong assets. It had a large and varied housing stock, a walkable shopping district, and a diverse population with a strong community loyalty and a tradition of community activism. Now, with citizen involvement, innovative development programs, and partnership with the city, Germantown is beginning to build on its assets and realize its potential. This short walk looks at the neighborhood’s history, its beauty, its challenges, and its promise for the future. It ends with a tour of recently renovated Vernon Park, one of the keys to the neighborhood’s future.

Walk Route

  1. Greene Street and Chelten Ave. Bus Stop
    We meet at the Greene St and Chelten Ave Bus stop, now scheduled for renovation.
  2. Philly Circus School
    Brief stop at Rittenhouse and Greene Sts, site of Philly Circus School.
  3. Rittenhouse Soundworks
    A recent addition to the neighborhood, Rittenhouse Soundworks has become a thriving center for jazz and other music events. Walk and talk.
  4. Marion/Price St Development
    This little enclave was once a no-go area but has changed dramatically thanks to thoughtful and public-spirited development. Includes one LEED-certified home and several rehabbed older houses. May include brief chat with the developer.
  5. A & N House of Produce
    A once-derelict gas station, A & N is now a busy produce store with customers from all over the neighborhood and the city. Brief chat.
  6. Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion
    At our entrance to the Tulpehocken Station Historic District, we pass this small neighborhood museum. Walk and talk.
  7. Tulpehocken Station Historic District
    The Historic District was an early railroad suburb. It is now a pleasant walk with an interesting mix of housing from several eras. Walk and talk.
  8. The Lofts at Kendrick's Mill
    Rehabbed building housing workshops and a not for profit music studio. Brief chat.
  9. Pastorius Community Garden
    One of Germantown's many community gardens, on a street named for Daniel Pastorius, who founded Germantown over 300 years ago. Brief stop and presentation being arranged.
  10. Important Buildings on the Avenue
    We pass Settlement Music School, the Germantown High School Building, CareerLink, Town Hall, and the YWCA Building. CareerLink has just opened. The YWCA Building is stabilized and nearly ready for rehabilitation. What will happen to the Germantown High and the Town Hall buildings?
  11. Wyck House
    With its refurbished fence, weekly farmers market in season, and programs for the community, Wyck is a historic house and a community asset.
  12. Nile Cafe
    A well-established vegan eating place and shop. Brief stop, talk, and possibly snacks.
  13. Vernon Park
    The walk ends at recently-refurbished Vernon Park, where Ruth Seeley, President Emeritus of Friends of Vernon Park, will lead a tour of the park.

How to Find Us

 I will be wearing blue jeans, sneakers, and a shirt and carrying a dark green Friends of Vernon Park bag full of goodies like the plans for the renovated bus stop and literature on Vernon Park and Historic Germantown. 

Taking Public Transit

Nearest bus stop is the starting point for the walk. It is served by the H, XH, and 26 buses. From Center City or South Philly, I recommend taking the Broad Street subway to Broad and Erie, then the H or XH bus. Both routes pass through parts of Germantown not included on the walk but worth a look. Nearest train station is Chelten Ave. on the Chestnut Hill West line. Walk east on Chelten Ave, past Wayne Ave, to Greene and Chelten. 

About the Walk Team

Robert Seeley
Walk Leader
I first became interested in urban issues in the late 1960s, when I lived for two years in a poor neighborhood in South Carolina. My wife, Ruth, and I moved to Germantown in 1970. In the late 1990s, I developed the Discover Germantown web page, which is listed as a Germantown resource on PlanPhilly. My main community work now is with Friends of Vernon Park. I have also worked on education and planning issues, and am active on the Changing Germantown Facebook group.

Emaleigh Doley
Emaleigh is Corridor Manager for Germantown United Community Development Corp. She is a well-known and respected voice in Germantown and Philadelphia planning circles. She and her sister founded the Rockland Street Project, which tracks developments on their block and in Germantown generally.


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:39:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane's Walk - Emergence of a Modern Metropolis: Philadelphia]]> May 7, 2016 1:00PM 3:00PM

Emergence of a Modern Metropolis: Philadelphia

May 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Meeting at TOUR START - Center for Architecture and Design

About This Walk

Experience the transformation of Philadelphia from America's engine of industry to our 21st century capital of business and culture. This 2-hour tour explores Philadelphia's diverse range of architectural styles and building technologies from the 1860s to the present, detailing the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the modern cityscape. It is divided into three parts: | ERA 1 - Late Victorian / Post Civil War (1870 - 1890) A period of architectural eclecticism, Stone-age building techniques (masonry) with lots of ornamentation | ERA 2 - Birth of the Skyscraper (1890 – 1930) The adaptation of old forms to new functions (mass manufacturing), Steel-frame construction disguised behind traditional materials with some ornamentation | ERA 3 - The Modern City (1930 – present) A period of Modernism & Post-Modernism, Curtain wall building technique allows vast, minimalist, glass surfaces | Highlights include the spectacular Victorian interior of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA); the soaring central court of Philadelphia's first department store, Wanamaker's; and the atrium of Pennsylvania's tallest skyscraper, the Comcast Center. | Tours runs rain or shine and leave promptly at 1pm from the Center / Architecture + Design.

Walk Route

  1. TOUR START - Center for Architecture and Design
    1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  2. INTERIOR VISIT - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
    This is the only stop on the tour NOT wheelchair accessible
  3. INTERIOR VISIT - Wanamaker's Department Store
    Now Macy's
  4. TOUR END - Comcast Center

How to Find Us

Meet inside the Center for Architecture and Design - the tour guide will make themselves known!

About the Walk Team

Walk Organizer
David is the Associate Director of the Center for Architecture and Design, where he has worked since they opened their doors to the public in 2008. David enjoys working with creative people on projects involving art, science, and design. He is especially interested in finding fun and effective ways to connect people with information; exploring the relationships between art, science, design, and society; and inspiring excitement about discovery. He received his B.Sc. in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts.

Art Petrella
Art has been giving tours of Philadelphia and its architecture for nearly 30 years and wrote the "Emergence of a Modern Metropolis" tour. He is especially fascinated by construction techniques for skyscrapers and is obsessed with Philadelphia's PSFS building - the first International Style skyscraper built in America.


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:43:06 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane's Walk - Searching for Sharswood May 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM Meeting at MLK Recreation Center]]> May 7, 2016 3:30PM 5:00PM

Searching for Sharswood

May 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Meeting at MLK Recreation Center

About This Walk

Following the demolition of the Norman Blumberg Apartments on March 19th, construction and development are moving along quickly within the bounds of the Sharswood neighborhood (as defined by the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Sharswood Blumberg Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan). For those outside of the community, there is a lot to learn about this place. Where exactly is Sharswood, and how is the community defined and understood by those who live there? What makes it a typical row house neighborhood and what sets it apart? How has the area been shaped by the actions of the PHA throughout its recent history, and what are the implications of the agency’s ongoing plans? Come join the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance for a winding walk through the neighborhood to better understand the community, its built resources, its assets, its potential, its challenges, its struggles, and how the PHA plan has impacted, and will continue to impact, this Philadelphia row house neighborhood.

Walk Route

  1. MLK Recreation Center
    We will assemble at the northeast corner of 22nd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, outside the rec center entrance. 
  2. Block of Angels
    A beautiful example of row house design, a few blocks north of the recently-demolished PHA towers.
  3. 2400 Block of Oxford Street
    What was months ago a relatively vacant but intact row house block, the street has been highly altered by selective demolition.
  4. W.G. Schweiker Building
    Small-scale preservation and development moving east from Brewerytown.
  5. Athletic Recreation Center
    A beautiful building and a vibrant community center.
  6. Girard Avenue Corridor
    Walk down 26th Street to Girard and experience another section of the neighborhood.
  7. Adaptive Reuse on the Cusp of Sharswood
    Take a look at the North Abbey apartments and join us at Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. for continued conversation and libations.

How to Find Us

Lynn will be carrying her YFPA "In With the Old" tote bag (shameless plug:

Taking Public Transit

The Broad Street Subway's Cecil B. Moore Station is located 7 blocks east of the MLK Recreation Center, an approximately 15-minute walk. The Route 3, 33, and 61 buses stop within a block of the meeting location.

Parking Availability

There is street parking throughout the neighborhood. For non-metered parking, try driving a few blocks southwest of the MLK Recreation Center. 

About the Walk Team

Andrew Hart
Walk Leader
Andrew Hart is an architect, professor, and long-time resident of Brewerytown. He received a B.Arch from Temple University and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University. Andrew teaches at Philadelphia University and Temple University. Last fall Andrew ran a course titled "Guerrilla Altruism" in the architecture school at Temple, focusing on the Sharswood neighborhood and the Philadelphia Housing Authority's developing plans to transform it.

Lynn Alpert
Lynn Alpert is a Philly native and co-chair of the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA). She received a B.A. from Temple University in Art History and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Historic Preservation, where she wrote her master's thesis on historic corner stores in row house neighborhoods.

The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) is aimed at engaging young residents of the city on preservation issues related to the urban fabric of Philadelphia. YFPA serves as a forum for emerging professionals, both preservationists and members from a broader general audience, to engage with urban issues in a social setting. Since learning of the PHA's plans for Sharswood almost a year ago, the group has made this massive and complex redevelopment plan the focus of its ongoing advocacy efforts.


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:47:15 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane's Walk - JANE ON THE BOARDWALK - Rittenhouse / Fitler Square / Schuylkill River Neighborhood]]> May 7, 2016 4:00PM 5:00PM

JANE ON THE BOARDWALK - Rittenhouse / Fitler Square / Schuylkill River Neighborhood

Led By Kiki Bolender

May 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Meeting at Rittenhouse Square, at the kiosk in the center of the Square (meet here)

About This Walk

Development is zooming along on both sides of the Schuylkill River in Center City. How will these new high-rise buildings relate to the 19th century buildings and streets nearby? Density brings new amenities, and more "eyes on the street". Jane would approve, and she would want to be sure those amenities benefited people of all ages, abilities and income levels. We will walk through closely packed residential streets and perhaps discover some hidden treasures along the way. After passing through a couple of parks and alongside the most deluxe dog park in the city, we will cross a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks, emerging at the new boardwalk. You will be out over the water and feel that you have left the city for a few minutes. After a short stroll on the boardwalk we will return via some more ridiculously charming streets to have you back in time for lunch at your favorite (or newly discovered) west of Broad Street restaurant or Rittenhouse Square picnic spot.

Walk Route

  1. Rittenhouse Square, at the kiosk in the center of the Square (meet here)
    Meet here
  2. 20th and Rittenhouse St
  3. Spruce and Van Pelt St
  4. 22nd and Manning St
  5. 25th and Manning St
  6. The Boardwalk
  7. 25th and Panama St
  8. Pine and Croskey St
  9. Delancey at the Rosenbach
  10. 19th at Metropolitan Cafe
  11. The Goat (final stop)

How to Find Us

I will carry or wear something that says JANE.

Taking Public Transit

Check SEPTA. Rittenhouse Square is well served by public transit (42, 21, 12 buses) and is within walking distance of the Convention Center and Walnut Street shopping areas. 

Parking Availability

Expensive garages, limited street parking to the west

About the Walk Team

Kiki Bolender
Walk Leader
Kiki grew up in a very small town in Arizona, and lived in Toronto and NYC before settling in Philadelphia 34 years ago. She has lived for most of those years at the western edge of Center City (after a memorable stint living over Dirty Frank's Bar). She is principal at Bolender Architects, chair of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia and co-founder of The Healthy Rowhouse Project.


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:51:10 -0400