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    • Glass headhouses provide an airy transition from transit to the plaza above

Philadelphia only county in Southeast PA seeing growth in prime working-age population

new analysis by Governing Magazine finds that Philadelphia and New Castle were the only two counties in the Philadelphia region to experience growth in their prime working-age populations between 2010…

    • Ridge Flats, from Kelly Drive and Calumet | May 2016

Philadelphia University rezoning, Ridge Flats development approved by Planning Commission

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) unanimously approved a zoning change supporting Philadelphia University’s master plan for expansion at its meeting on Tuesday. The Civic Design Review committee narrowly approved the…

    • Broad and Olney station

Planning Commission updated on Upper North District Plan, accepts Walnut Hill Neighborhood Plan

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) Matt Wysong, a district planner for the Upper Northwest and Lower Northwest, gave an update on the Upper North District planning…

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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

  • Sep 6, 2016

Civic Design Review Meeting

1:00PM – 3:30PM
  • Sep 13, 2016
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