From the director’s desk, Jan. 18

Jan. 18, 2007
Dear PlanPhilly member,

The new and improved PlanPhilly website has officially launched!  Check out www.planphilly.com for its new look.  The new website contains all the same functions as the old site, plus space for neighborhood events and information, a look into important planning and design issues, as well as opportunities to participate in further development of the PlanPhilly site and engaging in the waterfront process.

The site is intended to be a resource for the design and planning community in Philadelphia, as well as a hub for information surrounding the Central Delaware Riverfront Planning Process.  We are hoping this site will be a portal that brings together useful information about planning-related issues in Philadelphia and the region, and will steer traffic to other web resources.  We will continue to build content onto the site, but if there is particular content you would like to see, please let us know.

Best Practices Session

RSVP today for the Best Practices Session!  The participant list has been finalized and includes leaders in waterfront projects in Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Portland, and New York.  More information is available at www.planphilly.com.

Best Practices Session
Saturday, February 3
Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Breakfast and launch are provided.

We have received a great response so far, so please continue to sign up.
Register at www.planphilly.com/registration.

Steering Committee: Value Consolidation

The next meeting of the Steering Committee to take place on January 29, at 8am at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor.  At this meeting, Harris Sokoloff will facilitate a process of consolidating the values produced from the three civic engagement sessions in December.  As always, we hope that all parties will continue to attend all meetings of the Advisory Group and Steering Committee as they are open to the public and are enriched by greater participation.

Other Events

Next Saturday, January 27, Pennsport Civic Association is holding a panel focused on infrastructure as a continuation of its Riverfront 2015 Symposium held an October.  It will be held at Furness High School, 1900 South Third Street.  For more information, please contact Pennsport Civic at 215-462-9764.

Also, do not forget another large civic engagement process going on in
Philadelphia: the Great Expectations forums.  Philadelphia Inquirer and Penn Project on Civic Engagement are in a different neighborhood every day for the next three weeks listening to citizens’ hopes and concerns for the city, which they will use to develop an action plan for the mayoral and City Council elections.  Go to www.fels.upenn.edu/greatexpectations.htm for a schedule, registration, and project description.

We continue to work hard to plan the next three stages of civic engagement in the coming months.  In the meantime, please RSVP for the Best Practices Session, and keep checking the new PlanPhilly website for new content.

Best,

Harris

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