Porches, Pocket Parks, and Pop-Ups: Philly’s Love Affair With Public Spaces

An architectural historian, preservationist, architect, and community economic developer walk into a panel…

Who’s who, what are they building, and where are they now?

On September 13th, PlanPhilly kicks it some of the folks who have been working on transforming urban spaces in Philadelphia for decades.

Before pop-ups were all the rage, how did these pioneers reimagine Philadelphia’s vacant and underutilized spaces? What techniques and partnerships did they pursue to make temporary and semi-permanent interventions to public space?

WHYY and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society co-host this panel on creative approaches to transform underutilized spaces into gathering places. PlanPhilly’s community engagement editor Diana Lu will moderate this discussion among local stakeholders executing successful techniques of design and engagement across the city.


  • Matt Rader, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Joseph Reagan, Wexford Science & Technology
  • Prema Gupta, Navy Yard Planning & Real Estate Development
  • Angel Rodriguez,Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha

To get the party started, Alan Greenberger, former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, will discuss this growing trend in Philadelphia and cities across the country.”

Ticket gets you in the door and beer in hand. Reserve your spot here!


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