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Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’

Delivering Urban Resilience

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Urban resilience - things low income communities have in common

CAPITAL E Costs and benefits of city-wide adoption of smart surfaces across Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and El Paso to strengthen resilience, improve health and livability, reduce urban inequality, and slow global warming while saving billions of dollars. Executive Summary Cities can increase resilience, improve health and comfort, expand jobs and slow global warming through smart […]

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City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

City Parks Alliance releases the latest video in the five-part series, “City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure,” focused on the role of linear parks in providing transportation options to city residents. Featuring Fairmount Park System in Philadelphia, PA, The 606 in Chicago, IL, and The Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, LA, this video share information on how the parks are providing commuter access to jobs and retail, as well as recreational walking and cycling needs.

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Philadelphia International Airport – Baggage Bridge Installation Timelapse

Friday, February 17th, 2017

After six months of detailed planning and coordination, we erected a 91,000-pound, 100-foot-long pre-assembled baggage conveyor bridge over the main airport departure road in less than eight hours. The work took place in the middle of the night to minimize any potential disruption to airport operations.

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Philadelphia, PA: Transit, Density and Opportunity

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
FIGURE 1: REGIONAL JOBS AND TRANSIT LINES BY PHILADEPHIA AREA AND SUBURBAN MUNICIPALITY

CENTER CITY DISTRICT
Transit is not just a convenience; it is essential to the density that enables Center City to provide 42% of all jobs in Philadelphia. If downtown workers relied on cars to the same degree as commuters across the region, then 295,000 workers would arrive each day in 227,150 cars. At 330 square feet per parking space, we would need a giant, surface parking lot of 2.6 square miles – larger than William Penn’s original plan for the city (2.2 square miles river to river, Vine to South) – leaving little room for the office buildings, hotels, hospitals, universities, residences, cultural institutions, historic destinations, restaurants, retail shops and parks that define the diversity and create employment opportunities downtown.

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Philadelphia’s The Porch Swings!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

As anyone who knows me, I am a huge fan of really relaxing spaces to sit. Public space not only should be inviting, pretty, clean and artistic, but increasingly a place to spend time and sit. And not just sit – but relax, meditate and maybe unexpectedly doze off if you want.

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Philadelphia, PA: The Economic Impact of “Green City, Clean Waters”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
TABLE ES.1 – GREEN CITY, CLEAN WATERS’ TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE BENEFITS

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK
OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA
The purpose of this report is to articulate the local economic impact of Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), an ambitious initiative of the Philadelphia Water Department that seeks to invest in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects throughout the City of Philadelphia. GCCW fulfills federally established water quality requirements in ways that are simultaneously environmentally sustainable, positive for the local economy, and beneficial to neighborhoods throughout the City (see Table ES.1).

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Philadelphia, PA: SEPTA Cycle-Transit Plan

Friday, May 1st, 2015
FIGURE 1: LICENSED DRIVERS AS A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR AGE-GROUP POPULATION

SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
SEPTA’s ridership is nearing quarter century highs. In Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the United States, rates of both private auto ownership and use are down. The region’s three fastest growing demographic groups – “Millennials” (20-34 years old) , “Baby Boomers” (60-75 years old), and an influx of newly-settled immigrants of all ages – are less likely to own a car (or even a driver’s license) and are more likely to use transit. These emerging local demographic groups tend to not only rely on transit for commuting to work but also for other discretionary trips and often travel with luggage, strollers and bicycles.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jenny Hoffner, Senior Director and Co-Lead, Clean Water Supply Program, American Rivers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

Jenny Hoffner is Senior Director and Co-Lead of American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program leading a national program to advance climate resilient, predictable, reliable clean water supply policies for communities and their rivers.

“Water is life. We take it for granted in our country but it’s absolutely essential that we pay attention to this most precious and finite of resources…And we have increased demands across the board on our finite water supplies.”

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The Urban Infrastructure Initiative: Final Report

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Figure 2: Growth of proportion of the population residing in urban areas by region (1950 to 2050)

WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Today, more than half of the planet’s inhabitants are living in urban areas. By 2050, more than 70 % of the global population will live in cities. The scale and pace of urbanization in the coming decades is unprecedented in human history. The battle for sustainable development will therefore be won and lost in cities. Cities already consume up to 80 % of global material and energy supplies and produce around 75 % of carbon emissions. With current energy- and resource-intensive modes of urban development, the addition of 3 billion more city-dwellers by 2050 is likely to significantly exceed the ecological carrying capacity of the planet.

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Business Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Pedestrian-Friendly Neighborhoods: Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia & Upper West Side, NYC

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Walkable commercial districts are a key component of communities that promote active living. Walking has great health benefits, including helping people maintain a healthy weight. This report examines whether there are also economic benefits to businesses in walkable communities. The study consisted of a meta-analysis of 70 studies and articles. However, there have been few studies that address economic performance directly and the author conducted an exploratory study of 15 walkable shopping areas judged as successful to examine the sources of success.

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