March 28 & April 11, 18: Complete Streets Webinar Series

All webinars will be from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Why Complete Streets Are Important — What They Are and What They Are Not


  • Complete Streets policies have been gaining traction as more communities realize the benefits of having safe, accessible, and healthy streets.
  • Over 1400 Complete Streets policies have been passed at the local, regional, and state levels across the country – including small and medium-sized municipalities in Pennsylvania.
  • Implementation of effective complete streets policies help communities create safe and inviting road networks designed for people of all ages and  abilities, as well as for multiple modes of transportation – bicycles, walking,  wheeling, public transit and personal vehicles.
  • “Complete Streets” are not mandates for immediate retrofit. They are not an order to redesign every street in your community. Adoption of a Complete  Streets Policy does not  mean every street must have sidewalks, bike lanes and accommodate public transit.

Event Registration

March 28 – Complete Streets Basics and Benefits
April 11 Best Practices!
April 18 Complete Streets Planning and Policies

March 14th Southeast Section Council Meeting Relocated

The Southeast Section Council meeting has been moved to WSP’s offices in center city. For more information, please refer to the March meeting to the updated meeting announcement.

Now Taking Nominations for the APA PA SE Section Council

***The Deadline is now April 20 to submit your interest in running for office***

This summer we will hold elections for American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APA PA SE) Officers and Council members. Nominate a friend, nominate a colleague, nominate yourself! All nominations are due NO later than April 20th to elections@apapase.org!

We are taking nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 6-7 Professional Planners, and 2-3 Citizen Planners.

  • The four Section Council Officer positions consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Chair provides leadership and guides the development of the chapter, the Vice Chair assists, the Treasurer maintains the budget and all financial matters, while the Secretary administers the documentation and membership of the organization.
  • A Professional Planner is an individual earning a majority of their income practicing planning or who is retired from such occupation. Professional planners are required to be a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.
  • A Citizen Planner is any appointed or elected official who is involved in planning decisions for the betterment of a state, region, county, city or municipality; who is
    individual who has an interest in furthering the purposes of Association, but who is not a Professional Planner (for example, planning commissioner, planning official, zoning board member, Philadelphia RCO zoning representative, or similar). Elected citizen planners will receive complementary membership to the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.

If you are interested in serving either in an Officer or Council member position:

  • New members welcome! No previous experience required.
  • AICP not required to join the board.
  • Review the Chapter Bylaws for descriptions of the Officer and Council member duties and responsibilities.
  • Determine if your schedule will allow sufficient time for the position, generally 1-3 hours/month.
  • Speak with current Officers or Council members regarding any questions or concerns.
  • Submit a nomination and brief biography (3-4 sentences) to the Nominating Committee no later than April 20th at: elections@apapase.org. You may also submit a mission statement and picture.

The official elections ballot will be distributed online in August by APA national to coincide with their election and voting will end in early September. The results of the election shall be published for Section members in October, with official terms to start in January 2020.

Please visit the APAPA-Southeast Section website for more information about the section.


March 30: TransportationCamp PHL 2019

Whether you work in the industry or simply have an interest, we welcome you to our nation’s birthplace at the center of the NEC for a day filled with ideas at the intersection of transportation, technology, and urbanism. As always, the participant-driven TransportationCamp conference series follows the “unconference” format, lending itself to a more pertinent, thought-provoking, and active event.

Organized by passionate Philadelphians in conjunction with the Philadelphia chapters of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) and Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), and Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, we look forward to seeing you! Click here to register.


Time Event
9am-10am Registration, Networking, and Breakfast
10am-11am Welcome, Introductions, Session Proposals
11am-12pm Session 1
12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch and Afternoon Session Proposals
1:15pm-2:15pm Session 2
2:30pm-3:30pm Session 3
3:30pm-4pm Break
4pm-5pm Session 4
5pm Continue the conversations/networking

March 16: Vision Zero Conference at Temple University

Registration is now open for the Vision Zero for PHL 2019 Conference on March 16.  The event is organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.  The Department of Planning and Community Development is proud to partner with them to bring the conference to Temple and to sponsor the event.

Vision Zero for PHL 2019 Conference is the fourth annual conference hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.  This year’s conference features talks by Veronica Davis of Nspiregreen, Coralette Hannon of AARP, Deputy Managing Director Brian Abernathy, Council President Darrell Clarke, and Mayor Jim Kenney.  Alison Conway of City College and Amy Cohen of Families of Safe Streets (NYC) will also be speaking.  Topics range from planning, equity and implementation challenges and opportunities, such as managing freight in urban environments, protected bike lanes, neighborhood listening sessions, project delivery, organizing families of traffic victims and a traffic calming monopoly game.

The Bicycle Coalition is able to offer the general public tickets at a sliding scale, ensuring that the most vulnerable populations to traffic violence are able to attend.

Detailed program schedule is now online

The Program includes featured speakers, mobile workshops, and titles of panels and breakout sessions

March 14: APA PA Southeast Section Council meeting – New location!

APA PA Southeast Section Council meeting
(held the second Thursday of every other month)
5:30 pm

1600 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Calling in? Please use the following:
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 me at secretary@apapase.org.

APAPASE Member Spotlight

APAPASE is a network of nearly 800 planners working and studying in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Our members work across public, private, nonprofit, and institutional sectors and possess an impressive diversity of expertise and experience. The APAPASE Member Spotlight is a new regular feature of our website designed to help you get to know your peers. If you or someone you know would like to be featured here, please send an email to asvekla@dvrpc.org.

Member Spotlight – March 2019

Christina Arlt, AICP
Manager, Community Revitalization
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

How long have you worked at DVRPC?

Since August 2010

What are the main responsibilities of your job?

I lead DVRPC’s community revitalization work. This includes managing the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia program and leading our Municipal Outreach program. My colleagues and I in the Office of Community and Economic Development are also updating the Greater Philadelphia region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Additionally, I convene a group of people interested in data, GIS, and modeling related to water quality and land preservation/restoration, as part of the William Penn Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

Read more

March 9: Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

From Blimps to Buildings: Exploring Philadelphia through Historic Photographs and Maps

Sat, May 11, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

Before the advent of Google Maps and online satellite images, people relied on printed maps and aerial photographs. Come learn about the history of these “outdated” resources, and how they can be used today! Participants will look through select volumes of aerial photos and fire insurance maps from the Print and Picture Collection and the Map Collection, and explore some of the interesting details these resources captured. This Hands-On History Program is designed to correlate with the “Philadelphia: The Changing City” exhibition. Participants are invited to view the exhibition before or after the program to see further examples of aerial photographs and fire insurance maps.

Take history in the palm of your hand: turn pages, hold manuscripts, and handle artifacts with the Hands-on History series from the Free Library’s Special Collections. Curiosity seekers age 13 and up are welcome!

Seating is limited. Click here to get your free tickets!

March 29: Planning and the Black Community Division Membership and Networking Event

Event Schedule

Friday March 29th
Iron Hill Brewery
1150 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
5:30pm to 8:30 pm

Register Here

Please join planning professionals for a networking event and hear how we can have an impact on issues relevant to Black communities through information sharing collaboration and partnerships.

RSVP by March 24th.

If these issues concern you:

  • Affordable Housing Choices
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Environmental Justice
  • Neighborhood Stabilization and Revitalization
  • Gentrification
  • Food Deserts and Community Gardens
  • Economic Development
  • Community Participation

Join PBCD in the movement to:

  • Support community growth
  • Build strong political, economic and educational partnerships
  • Share resources
  • Collaborate strategically
  • Evaluate urban issues and solutions from a Black perspective
  • Engage professional with personal experience


March 18: PennDesign Lecture Series: Tamika Butler

Monday, March 18, 2019 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, B3

Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, will speak on “Beyond Complete Streets”.

Tamika serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization that addresses social and racial equity, and wellness, by building parks and gardens in park-poor communities across greater Los Angeles.

Tamika has a diverse background in law, community organizing, communications, and nonprofit leadership. Recently, she was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Prior to leading LACBC, Tamika was the Director of Social Change Strategies at Liberty Hill Foundation, and worked at Young Invincibles as the California Director. She transitioned to policy work after litigating for three years as a public interest employment lawyer at Legal Aid at Work (previously Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center).

Tamika received her J.D. in 2009 from Stanford Law School, and in 2006 received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology at Creighton University in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.