Philadelphia's City Planning Commission has released a draft of their Trail Master Plan. The plan provides maps and an inventory of the numerous existing and proposed trails in Philadelphia. It also outlines best practices in trail building, defines the different types of trails in Philadelphia, and prioritizes the city's trail projects. The creation of the Trail … Continue reading Draft Philadelphia Trail Master Plan released
When Oklahoma City was ranked the second-fattest city in America in 2009, Mayor Mick Cornett examined the problem and declared that the city's car-oriented design and unfriendly streets were at fault. Pedestrian-unfriendly design was detracting from the city's livability, which also meant that it contributed to the outmigration of young, intelligent workers - often known … Continue reading Oklahoma City mayor: “We have to start building this city for people”
"Parklets" are small public spaces, typically set up in parallel parking spots, that repurpose areas usually reserved for cars into places where pedestrians can comfortably congregate. They often include movable tables and chairs, planters, and other placemaking features. Philadelphia's first parklet, at 43rd and Baltimore Avenue, was first installed in 2011 and returned this year … Continue reading Parklets gaining popularity
Philadelphia has been acclaimed for its vast network of parks and open space, which provides citizens with access not only to green space and playgrounds, but to a variety of programs, such as farmers' markets, that enhance the quality of life for city residents. Enhancing and expanding the parks are components of the goals for Greenworks Philadelphia, the city's plan for becoming the most sustainable city in the country.