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Oct. 14 – 16: Save the Date and Sponsor APA PA Erie 2018

Summer is just starting, but October is around the corner! It isn’t too early to start planning for the PA Chapter conference in Erie from October 14-16. There is still time to sponsor Pennsylvania’s premier planning event. The conference’s exciting keynote and plenary speakers have been announced. Also, pricing is available for the conference, so don’t delay in budgeting and reserving your hotel room.

We also know this is a long trip for our members in the Southeast Section. In fact, it is as far from Philadelphia as you can get in Pennsylvania. But that also makes it a unique destination for our members that can help us bring new perspectives to our part of the Commonwealth.

We want to assist members in attending the conference. In 2013, we organized and subsidized a vanpool that built long term bonds between members, described on our website.  In 2017, we used an online sharing app to encourage carpooling.

How can we best help our members get to Erie in 2018? If you have ideas or would like to help plan the trip, please email events@apapase.org.

July 10 – Game Night! YPT & APA Present: Cards Against Urbanity

Game Night! YPT & APA Present: Cards Against Urbanity

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) and the American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter Southeast Section (APAPASE) for Game Night on July 10th from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM. We’ll be at Field House playing Cards Against Urbanity – the irreverent card game for anyone who’s interested in cities, transportation, and fun! (If you want to see the types of cards you might come across, click here for Cardsplanations.)

Tickets are $8 in advance; $11 at the door. Your first drink is included in your admission fee–after that, it’s cash bar. We are looking forward to you joining us!

To purchase tickets in advance and register to attend, check out the Eventbrite page!

June 20 Bike Montco Event – Be One of the First to View the New Bike Montco Plan!

REGISTER TODAY!

Bike Montco — Building a Bike-Friendly Montgomery County

 

Be one of the first to view the draft Bike Montco plan, Montgomery County’s new bicycle mobility plan! This plan represents a new approach to bicycle planning in the Philadelphia region. It can be used as a tool to make your community safer and more attractive to bicyclists. During this free seminar, several speakers will share the content of the plan and topics including building safer on-road bicycle infrastructure, linking to the county’s trail network, and the role the county can play in providing bicyclist safety education and encouragement strategies for new riders. Attendees also will have an opportunity to take a brief tour of Morris Road, one of the study areas in the plan, and to hear about the plan’s recommendations to improve bicycle safety at the community college. This seminar is intended for municipal staff, transportation professionals, planners, and school districts, but everyone is welcome! AICP credits – CM | 1.75. Click here to register.

This event is being provided as part of Planning Smarter Montco 2018, a Montgomery County initiative offering planning education and outreach, and corresponds to the Connected Communities theme contained in Montco 2040: A Shared Vision,Montgomery County’s nationally awarded comprehensive plan.

*Montgomery County Community College is not affiliated with the event, and the college should not be contacted regarding the program.

         DATE: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
LOCATION: Advanced Technology Center Room 101
Montgomery County Community College*
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
         TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)


PROGRAM

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Welcoming Remarks 
Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Chair
Montgomery County Commissioners
2:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Montco 2040: A Shared Vision — The Importance
of Bicycle Planning

Jody L. Holton, AICP, Executive Director
Montgomery County Planning Commission
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Bicycle Level of Stress Tool — DVRPC’s New Online Application for Understanding Our Roads
Sarah Moran, AICP, Transportation Planner
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
2:50 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Draft Bike Montco Plan — The New Bicycle Mobility Plan
for Montgomery County 

Matthew Edmond, AICP, Section Chief: Transportation Planning
Montgomery County Planning Commission
3:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks — Moving Forward Together
Scott Brown, Chair
Bike Montco Steering Committee
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Field Visit — Morris Road
Randy Waltermyer, AICP, Planning and Municipal Services Leader
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.

June 26 – The Divided City Book Event with Alan Mallach and Jake Blumgart

The Divided City Book Event with Alan Mallach and Jake Blumgart

Join PACDC and WHYY’s PlanPhilly on the evening of Tuesday, June 26th for a conversation between Alan Mallach, the author of the new book The Divided City, and Jake Blumgart of PlanPhilly, on how cities like Philadelphia can and must chart a path forward toward inclusion and opportunity.

Tickets are available for free, but you must RSVP here in advance. 

When? Tuesday, June 26th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where? Pipeline Philly, The Graham Building at Dilworth Park, 30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This book event, co-sponsored by WHYY’s PlanPhilly and the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC), opens PACDC’s Forward Equitable Development Conference to be held the following day, Wednesday, June 27th.

About The Divided City
In The Divided City, Mallach tells the real story of both the revival and the growing inequality in America’s older industrial cities, and examines whether, as they continue to grow, they can again become the places of hope and opportunity they once were.  Combining big-picture analysis and research with the nitty-gritty reality of these cities drawn from author’s years of working in and studying them, Alan Mallach—a leading authority on economics and urban revitalization—offers an essential contribution to our understanding of American cities like Philadelphia.

Mallach looks practically at how we can make inclusion and opportunity a reality, and makes concrete recommendations in The Divided City on topics ranging from job creation and education to affordable housing and improving the quality of life in high-poverty areas.

Copies of The Divided City will be available for purchase at the event from Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, a locally owned, independent bookstore in Germantown. You can learn more about the book from Island Press here.

Special thanks to Pipeline Philly for hosting the event.

About PlanPhilly

PlanPhilly is a project of WHYY News providing in-depth, original reporting on Philadelphia’s neighborhoods with a focus on urban design and planning, transportation, and development.  Listen to PlanPhilly’s stories on WHYY 90.9 FM in Philadelphia and read them online.

Earthfest 2018 – Planning & Youth Engagement

On an unseasonably cold and blustery April day, aspiring planners from the Temple Student Planning Organization (TSPO) – in partnership with APA Pennsylvania’s Southeast Section (APA PA SE) – hosted a booth at Temple University’s EarthFest.  The purpose of this annual event is to teach students about sustainability concepts and promote environmental awareness.  This year, the event honored Dr. Jeffrey Featherstone, founder of the Center for Sustainable Communities and professor in the Department of Planning and Community Development at Temple University.

 

TSPO volunteers led elementary and middle school students in an exercise designed to foster a discussion about planning and encourage them to think about how land can be sustainably developed.  Using an enlarged aerial map of the field in which they were standing, students were asked to guess what the map depicted. With impressive regularity, students correctly identified the location of the aerial.  Next, volunteers led a discussion of various types of development, culminating in students suggesting ideas for developing the field by placing sticky notes on the map. Some of the most compelling responses were “homes but cheap” and “a nature preserve,” though “swimming pool” seems to be the perennial favorite.  The APA brochure What Planners Do was also available at the booth and used to spark discussions with interested chaperones.

Each year, Temple University’s EarthFest provides an opportunity to engage with students and their families about the work that planners do to improve communities.  The participation of TSPO and APA PA SE in this event is a small but meaningful way in which the planning community can promote a greater understanding of the important role planning has in our society.

May 10: APA PA SE Council Meeting – All Welcome!

APA PA Southeast Section Council meeting
(held the second Thursday of every other month)
Thursday, May 10th, 2018

5:30 pm
STV Incorporated
1818 Market, Suite 1410
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Calling in?  Please use the following:
Toll free:  1-866-499-7054
Conference code: 735 289 0020

APA PA Southeast Section Council meeting (held the second Thursday of every other month)
Calling in?
Please use the: Toll free: 1-866-499-7054 Conference code: 735 289 0020
Please direct any agenda topics and/or questions to secretary@apapase.org.
If you are a voting member unable to attend, please email secretary@apapase.org.

June 7: APAPASE Events Committee Meeting

APAPASE Events Committee Meeting: June 7, 2018, 5:45 – 7:00 PM

 
Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:45 – 7:00 PM

Michael Baker Corporation
1818 Market Street
Suite 3110
Philadelphia, PA 19103 


Please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apapase-events-committee-meeting-june-2018-tickets-41612060794 (A conference call option is also available).

Do you like to organize events like happy hours, walking tours, and educational events related to planning? Then join the APAPASE Events Committee and help us plan fun events! Come out and meet other planning professionals.

We would love to have volunteers to help with all aspects of the event-planning process, from brainstorming event ideas, coordinating with venues, ordering food/beverages, inviting speakers, advertising/marketing events, working the registration table, speaking at events, and conducting event follow up.

Of course, we’re always looking for event sponsors too (contact sponsorship@apapase.org). Service on Section Committees may be logged as pro bono planning service and may be counted towards your self-reported CM credits. Learn more at: https://www.planning.org/cm/logging/selfreport/probono/.

Certified Stormwater Inspector (Municipal) Training Available in May

The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in the following locations:

  • Harrisburg, PA on May 7-8, 2018
  • Philadelphia, PA on May 10-11, 2018

Designed specifically for municipal personnel the course offers training and certification to demonstrate, for the record, that inspectors are qualified.

Inspectors who take the course learn:

  •   how to inspect construction, commercial, and industrial, and municipal activities
  •   what to inspect
  •   the limits of their authority
  •   appropriate demeanor
  •   appropriate discretion

They also learn about the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the six Minimum Control Measures, and how to better implement and support their MS4 stormwater program.

Graduates of the Certified Stormwater Inspector course receive certification for 5 years and continuing education units, and ongoing, unlimited support of the National Stormwater Center.  All instructors have stormwater enforcement experience at the Federal or State level.

Registration is available on the website (www.npdes.com) for all classes.

 

June 3 – 6: Embracing Change: Empowering Your Community’s Revitalization Effort hosted by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center

“Embracing Change: Empowering Your Community’s Revitalization Effort”
Pennsylvania’s Premier Revitalization Conference

Location:  Chester County Historical Society and Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, Downtown West Chester, PA

Dates:  June 3rd through 6th, 2018

Opening Keynote Speaker:  David Greene, host of NPR’s Morning Edition

Closing Keynote Speaker:  Philip J. Merrill, CEO and Founder of Nanny Jack & Company, an African American heritage consulting business

As Pennsylvania’s program coordinator for the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Downtown Center will host its annual statewide conference June 3-6, 2018, in West Chester, PA, with the theme – Embracing Change – Empowering the Future of Your Community’s Revitalization Effort

We anticipate 250 or so attendees not only from Pennsylvania but also from neighboring states of Delaware, New Jersey and even parts of Maryland who represent downtown organizations, municipalities, heritage groups, preservation advocates and other community revitalization professionals.

Throughout the four days we’ll hear from state and national leaders and we’ll discuss new partnerships for creating more entrepreneurial and equitable communities with a focus on innovation, technology, diversity in all its forms and constantly evolving life style preferences. We’ll explore how we shop, how we play, how we engage in our communities and how we interact as a society.

Our concurrent sessions will take place mostly at Uptown! Knauer Theatre and our meals, plenary, and exhibitors will be at the Chester County Historical Society. Mobile tours are also on the schedule both in West Chester, neighboring Kennett Square, and Phoenixville.  We are pleased that our annual awards gala, the Townies, will be in Sykes Hall at West Chester University on Tuesday evening, June 5th.

Find out more at https://padowntown.org/conference

Early Bird rates through April 27, 2018

#pdcwestchester2018

#embracingchange2018

Temple CRP – Bicycle Parking Survey

Graduate students of Temple University’s City and Regional Planning Department are conducting a study to better understand bicycle parking demand within Center City Philadelphia for the Bicycle Coalition of Gre ater Philadelphia.

As part of the project, the students have developed a short survey to better understand the use of existing bicycle parking infrastructure and user preferences within the Center City District. Help inform their study by taking the survey here.

To learn more about the project you can visit this recent blog post.

For any questions regarding the project or survey, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Doshna at doshna@temple.edu