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URBS Tour of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park

Friday September 11th, 1-3:30pm

Join Urban Studies for a street-level tour of Philadelphia’s planned Rail Park, one of our city's largest upcoming historical revitalization projects.

You must be a current URBS major or minor to join. Seats are currently filled, but sign up to the waitlist by writing to urbs@sas.upenn.edu!

 

Our 32nd Annual Public Lecturer Will Be: Abigail Perkiss!

Nov. 9th, 5pm, 200 College Hall

Stay tuned for more details

Recent News

  • 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. Lauren Wells, Chief Education Officer for the City of Newark, New Jersey.

  • 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: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2015/08/04/more-than-just-dollars-and-cents

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

  • CultureBlocks Receives Recognition from the Harvard Ash Center

    Urbs Co-Director Mark Stern & SIAP Director Susan Seifert get shouts out for their CultureBlocks mapping tool, from the Harvard Ash Center's Bright Idea Program. Read the full story ➝

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