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

From Brownfields to Goldfields

“Potential site contamination. Remediation required.”   This phrase strikes fear into the hearts of investors and developers looking to finance their next project. An already strenuous process of site evaluation, plan development, and investment soliciting grinds to a halt as developers question whether clean-up efforts and future liabilities are worth further investment of time and resources. It is usually at this point where developers opt … Continue reading From Brownfields to Goldfields

Ravelejar: The Art of Neighborhood Branding (1/4)

Part 1: The Barcelona Model Barcelona. To many, the name of this cultural capital conjures up images of beaches, ornate architecture, tapas, and wine. It is a city whose reputation precedes it. While its reputation can be, in part, attributed to the city’s world famous soccer team and representations in popular media1, Barcelona’s ascent to global city status is also the result of innovative urban … Continue reading Ravelejar: The Art of Neighborhood Branding (1/4)