News from the Director’s desk, May 3

May 3

Dear PlanPhilly member,

This coming Monday morning, Penn Praxis will update the Central Delaware Advisory Group on progress in the planning process.  We will present ideas developing around an evolving open space network, improved street and transportation systems, and land-use guidelines.  We will also discuss work on possible Girard Avenue interchange improvements for connectivity and public access.

We will also continue the discussion of design and development guidelines for the waterfront.  We expect for these guidelines to ultimately be incorporated into the civic vision and will lay a foundation for project review both at the city and community level. A powerpoint presentation and the agenda for the meeting, which starts at 8 a.m. and is open to the public, will be available Friday on http://www.planphilly.com

What’s New on PlanPhilly

I-95:  PlanPhilly reporter Matt Blanchard looks at what is possible when revisioning I-95 by citing six best practice examples of highway remediation and reinvention from around the world. http://www.planphilly.com/node/1463
 
Seaport Museum: Reporter Linda Harris and photographer Ed Hille take us on a tour inside the hidden gem on the waterfront: the library of the Independence Seaport Museum. http://www.planphilly.com/node/1464

Watersheds Conference: Kellie Patrick covered the Philadelphia Water Department’s Urban Watersheds Revitalization Conference that targets the developed watershed communities of southeast Pennsylvania, including the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. http://www.planphilly.com/node/1470

NABR casino alternative charrette: Coverage of the event and proposals in a story from Matt Blanchard here: http://www.planphilly.com/node/1424

Coming next week

With a zoning reform referendum on the May 15 ballot, PlanPhilly will begin covering the issue in Philadelphia. For more information see www.zoningmatters.org  

Upcoming Events
 
May 7:  Central Delaware Riverfront Advisory Group meeting, 8-10 a.m. 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor. Open to the public.
 
May 19: DRCC Pennypack walk, 10-noon. Pennypack on the Delaware, Rhawn Street and the Delaware River, (behind the Riverview Home and the Prison Complex) http://www.drcc-phila.org/events.htm

Best,
Harris

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University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
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