Caryn Hunt

City and State Talk Resiting

Today, Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter convened a meeting with local elected representatives and Foxwoods Casino to discuss the possibility of resiting their project. Foxwoods has agreed to look at alternative sites, not on the riverfront, within the City of Philadelphia. It will be all over the news tomorrow: Daily News, Inquirer, planphilly.com.…

Hallwatch: Keeping An Eye on City Hall

In 2001, inspired by citizen activism and the effectiveness of old-fashioned letter writing campaigns, web publisher Edmund Goppelt started Hallwatch to provide information about Philadelphia politics and policies to the city’s citizens. Hallwatch informs Philadelphians about issues being decided in City Council, provides city real estate and tax information, and offers a faxbank where residents can type…

Talking Transit with Marc Stier

With SEPTA going through yet another funding crisis, the future of transit is once again a hot topic. As cities look forward to find solutions to the problems of tomorrow- increased populations, the effects of high carbon emissions, and rising fuel costs- transit issues become more important. From everything to figuring out the best way…

The Energy Coop

Since facing An Inconvenient Truth about the perils of carbon emissions, many people are more interested to find ways they can help the effort to reduce global warming, foster greater energy efficiencies and promote cleaner air. Energy conservation is still the most effective first step people can take- purchasing Energy Star products and compact fluorescent lightbulbs,…

The Plan and the People

Last week PennPraxis sponsored three “value” forums to begin laying the foundation for the Central Delaware Riverfront design plan. The idea was to distill individual views into a set of common values. That so many residents came out to the meetings shows their concern for and commitment to smart city planning. Underlying the involvement of…

River Planning Picks Up Steam

Participants in the December 4th Advisory Group meeting for the PennPraxis-led Delaware Riverfront plan covered a range of topics, noting first a citywide parallel effort to engage the citizenry in growth and planning issues through a series of “Great City” forums. If the meetings of the Central Delaware planning initiative’s Advisory Group are a microcosm of…

The People’s Waterfront

by Caryn Hunt “What if?” asks native Philadelphian and PennPraxis executive director Harris Steinberg. What if Philadelphia could transform itself into a truly world-class city? What if we created “one of the greatest boulevards in the world”? What if that plan was for a “public realm along the waterfront that is so Philadelphian that all…

End Homelessness in Philadelphia

At a forum last week on homelessness, the audience was presented with a frightening fact: the rate of homelessness is rising in Philadelphia. This is happening just at the time of greatest prosperity for many neighborhoods, and in fact, gentrification and higher property taxes have forced people who used to be able to afford their…

SBN: People, Planet, Profits

True success cannot always be measured, even in business. For over a decade the Buy Local movement has been gaining ground, promoting a view that supports economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable business practices that strengthen communities. The sustainable business model advocates profitability through such unorthodox practices as collaboration, even with competitors, profit sharing with employees,…

Meet Your Local Farmer

Ever wonder why your neighborhood supermarket is stocking apples from the Pacific Northwest or even China instead of varieties grown closer to home? Ever notice how watery and bland supermarket tomatoes taste? Usually they’re grown across the country, in California, picked while green to ripen in transit. Worldwatch Institute reports that “in the U.S., food…