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Planning

    • Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

New bill would protect neighborhood groups from lawsuit-happy developers

City Councilman Bobby Henon has introduced a bill that would make city funds for insurance available to all registered community groups that hold zoning meetings regarding new development projects in their…

    • Girls play in Philadelphia's Dilworth Park (Photo credit: Matt Stanley for Center City District)

A movement for women-led cities launches in Philly

Meegan Denenberg often finds herself the only woman in the room. The co-founder of Philly-based Little Giant Creative and partner in several urban development and design-related initiatives and companies, she has…

    • Venise Whitaker (Photo credit: Lori Pedrick)

Diary of a Philadelphia punk rock preservationist

By Venise Whitaker Generation X was described as the latchkey kids. We were the unfocused youth, the children of divorce. My two homes were both in Philly: my grandparents’ house in…

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ABOUT PLANNING

Urban planning is relatively new as an official profession, but most settlements and cities were created with varying degrees of consideration for layout and functionality.  All cities have been shaped and reshaped, from their street fabric to the details of the sewer lines all elements of the city are brought together into a cohesive whole.

It is not something we’re always conscious of, but our lives are shaped by urban planning – how far we live from our work, what transportation we use to get around, the size of our neighborhood park (if we have one), etc. Literacy in many different disciplines is required in order to shape the built environment, but planning mainly focuses on the integration of land use and transportation needs.

What constitutes good city planning has evolved over the years. For example, the urban renewal movement of the mid 20th century used eminent domain to tear down thousands of blocks of structures because they were considered slums. Many people were displaced without relocation plans from their neighborhoods, many of which would have likely been reborn today considering the trends of many current downtown renewal projects. Further, land that was once agricultural suddenly became ripe for residential development once a large-capacity road was built nearby, which has slowly deflated America’s farming industries.

There are many elements that factor into city planning processes.  They include:

  • Design/aesthetics
  • Safety/crime
  • Environmental sustainability and energy consumption
  • Transportation
  • Community involvement and input in the planning process

UPCOMING EVENTS IN PLANNING

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