September 1: Fairmount Park Conservancy gets ArtPlace grant | Second-rate stopover | Land sparing | What planners don’t know

Fairmount Park Conservancy won a $3 million ArtPlace America grant.

Holly Otterbein unloads the snark on that Washington Post piece asking whether the Papal plans will reinforce Philly’s imagine as “a second-rate stopover between D.C. and New York.”

Danya Henninger on the enduring greatness of Oscar’s Tavern.

“Land sparing,” or protecting large contiguous natural spaces from development, is more important for environmental stability than lots of small-ball green space like lawns and pocket parks, according to a new study. 

Des Moines lifted its rush hour curb parking restrictions on the advice of Jeff Speck. Should Philly follow suit?

Economist Paul Romer on why urban planning is critical to the economic development of cities, particularly in the developing world.

But it’s also important to recognize what planners don’t and can’t know, says Emily Washington. Setting parking minimums is one example given.

What two recent municipal bankruptcy decisions mean for the municipal bond market.

New Jersey just established their 29th and 30th “transit villages.” Here’s what that means.


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