Recent News

  • Various Positions | Ioby

    Ioby is a community of donors, volunteers and leaders creating, funding and implementing neighborhood projects that aim to make their neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable. ioby operates primarily through, a digital crowd-resourcing platform that supports these citizen-led, neighbor-funded initiatives in raising tax-deductible donations, volunteer recruitment and idea sharing.

  • Studies in Rapid Neighborhood Change

    Since 2011, Ira Goldstein and Mark Stern have taught URBS200—Urban Research Methods—using a community case study approach. We have chosen a neighborhood and used a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to learn about its economic, social, and cultural life.  Because Philadelphia is a dynamic city, these case studies typically focused around issues of community change: what has changed and how have those changes affected community residents?

  • Sophie Harris (URBS '12) Greens Up New Orleans

    We've been talking about urban green spaces a lot since our recent tour of the proposed Philly Rail Park. Here's a great article about the LaFitte Greenway in New Orleans, featuring Sophie Harris: Urbs 2012 alumn and executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

  • Josh Curran (URBS '09) on Vegas Revitalization

    As a part of his work with Resort Gaming Group, alum Josh Curran (URBS '09) has been working toward the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. His two projects include Nevada's first pop-up parklet and affordable downtown housing aimed at local city employees. The idea is to create a more active and pedestrian oriented downtown environment.

  • School Closures Conference

    On June 19, 2015, over 65 people gathered at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a one-day convening on school closure research in the mid-Atlantic. Participants represented communities and institutions throughout the region, including: Baltimore; Boston; Cleveland; Newark, N.J.; New York; Philadelphia; and Rochester, N.Y. The event consisted of three research roundtables, a panel discussion of strategies for making research useful, and a keynote response from Dr.