Rethinking Philadelphia: Think globally, act collectively

Rethinking Philadelphia: Think globally, act collectively

By KELLIE PATRICK GATES, PlanPhilly reporter

We used to call it “regionalism.” But, these days, that word comes with baggage: While some make it their life’s work (like the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), others dismiss it as a goal, and many are just tired of hearing the word. But in a new age of energy and sustainability and the need to “silo-bust,” the idea that communities can achieve more by working together than by acting like islands has never been more relevant.

PlanPhilly and the Daily News have collaborated to bring to you a special section of “Rethinking Philadelphia,” the Daily News’ ongoing series on the future of Philadelphia. The section is titled “Metropolitan Moment,” and is focused on how recent changes in energy consumption, development and government policy could make Philadelphia the place to be for growth in the coming years. The section looks ahead to the big ideas which will transform cities and urban living, and offers a look at what’s happening regionally to make Philadelphia more competitive. You’ll recognize the writing of many PlanPhilly reporters, and opinion pieces from the Daily News editorial staff. Special thanks to Sandra Shea of the Editorial Page of the Daily News for inviting PlanPhilly to contribute content.

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