A NEIGHBORHOOD WALK

As part of the Neighborhood Conservation Kit training for civic associations, about fifteen of of us Roxborough residents recently walked some of the newly-developed blocks that have been causing the most distress. Our neighbor Addison Geary made this short video of some of the highlights and lowlights. We hope it helps you think about some of the issues confronting our older walkable neighborhoods that are under development pressure. Not surprisingly, much of our discussion revolves around parking, parking, parking.

How are you balancing cars and pedestrians in your neighborhood?

PHOTO-SURVEYORS ON THE LOOSE

Yesterday we trained the five interns who will help with the photography survey of the Roxborough neighborhoods seeking protection from out-of-context development. Here they are with their cameras and surveyor wheels from Stanley’s Hardware: the Next Gen and the Next Next Gen (Will, 15 months). Urban planning and coding should look ahead 30, 40, 50 years so Will, this code’s for you.

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Here’s the street map color-coded for each surveyor. This area is just part of one of Roxborough’s civic associations, Ridge Park, who are working with the Neighborhood Conservation Kit team.

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Our surveyors are all from zip code 19128, and there’s no better way to get to know the form of your neighborhood than to document it on the ground. The City of Philadelphia requires any Neighborhood Conservation Overlay to include a photograph of every building in the regulated area, so that’s a lot of documenting.

If you see any of this gang out there photographing, tell them what kind of development you want to protect and encourage on your block. And contact the Central Roxborough Civic Association for more information.

URBAN DICTIONARY DEFINITION #13: HIATUS

hiatus Drug-user slang: When several friends are sitting in a circle, passing a pipe, and one user holds the pipe and tells us stories instead of fulfilling his obligation by smoking/passing. HIATUS: Holding It And Telling Us Stories.

We’re back. Hoping to hold you and tell you stories.

It has been awhile. Two years? The blogging platform that shall remain nameless went out of business and left me with numerous folders of Street Trip archives but no blog. Sorry it took me two years to put it back on another platform. Thought I’d wait and see if this WordPress thing was for real.

Here’s what we’ve been up to in the meantime, in a tweet: Took to the #Schuylkill River, that flowing Pennsylvania road trip. Walked to the Wissahickon woods, T4 to T1 on the #Rural-to-Urban Transect. Joined the Project for #Lean Urbanism (Making Small Possible) and the #Fairmount Water Works watershed education team. Had appendix out, followed a woodpecker family, saw #Phillies crash and burn without benefit of Sargisms.

OK, that’s four tweets. Never mind, if I just wanted to tweet, would I have a blog?

So there’s more. Please check in later for an invitation to an environmental art exhibition, and an interesting open-source project to protect our walkable Philadelphia neighborhood from the likes of thissssssssss:

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