Conceptual Design of Olde Richmond, Philadelphia: Olde Richmond Waterfront District

By Jo Kwon and Mariah Wozniak Introduction The Delaware River has played a vital role in Philadelphia’s economic development since the City’s inception as goods were transported via the River’s piers, wharfs, and canals to faraway places (Philadelphia2035 2011, 4). Access to the River provided an avenue to establish trade routes and enable the manufacturing economies that propelled Philadelphia into manufacturing prominence. However, Philadelphia neighborhoods … Continue reading Conceptual Design of Olde Richmond, Philadelphia: Olde Richmond Waterfront District

Bryant Reimagined: The Creation of a Small Area Plan

Most students pursuing a master’s in Planning are required to complete either a thesis or original project as part of their degree. Ben Lykins, a 2016 graduate from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill, choose a practice-oriented route and created a small area plan for Bryant, Arkansas. Ben says that creating the “Bryant Reimagined” plan was a challenging way to … Continue reading Bryant Reimagined: The Creation of a Small Area Plan

Downtown Revitalization in Dayton, Ohio: Combating Vacancies with Redevelopment

Historically, the downtown core has been the epicenter of economic and social interaction, yet many urban centers have experienced significant decline and sharp increases in vacancy rates. Finding roots in urban renewal practices, changing markets, and suburbanization trends that began roughly sixty years ago, urban vacancy has continued to climb as focus shifts away from city centers. Vacancy in the City of Dayton, Ohio grew … Continue reading Downtown Revitalization in Dayton, Ohio: Combating Vacancies with Redevelopment