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  • 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.

  • More Than Just Dollars and Cents

    Ariel Bierbaum, a Visiting Scholar at the Urban Studies Program this year (2014-15) and Urbs alumn (2000), has spent the past year observing the impact of school closures on Philly neighborhoods and interviewing the communities and public agencies affected by the process. Here she blogs about her work for the Community Design Collaborative:

    Photo credit: Tim Gibbons, memorial by Tim and his students

  • Instagram, Policy Analyst (Contract Position)

    Instagram is looking for a Policy Analyst to support the Public Policy team on research, competitive analysis, outreach, programs, and anything necessary to make a small and scrappy team successful day to day.

  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia 2015 Internships

    Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
    Internship Needs 2015

    Contact: Susan Dannenberg 215-715-9159

    The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is looking for interns. We are a 42-year old advocacy and education organization with exciting opportunities to work alongside our experienced staff to make positive changes in Philadelphia.

  • Apply for a Fox Fellowship

    The Fox Leadership Program is seeking 11 spirited Penn students to work in Philadelphia and Harrisburg this summer. Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship. There is some flexibility in the start date, but the preferred start date is late May/early June.

    The fellowships are with:

  • Become involved: Helen Gym City Council Campaign

    Helen Gym, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is running for Philadelphia City Council at-large in the Democratic Primary and is looking for students to become more involved in her campaign.

    Helen is a progressive education advocate who has been fighting for communities in Philadelphia for over 20 years. Please visit our website to learn more about Helen and join our mailing list to receive updates on the campaign: