Urban Planning

The Clean Water Act at 50

Approaching the half-century mark of this landmark piece of environmental legislation, Penn students, staff, and faculty share their reflections on its legacy, both strengths and shortcomings.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

SEPTA said ‘there really is no way forward’ to build the Roosevelt Boulevard subway

Jay Arzu of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design appreciates that SEPTA officials are being honest about not having the funding for a massive subway project.

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WVPB (Charleston, West Virginia)

The housing struggle

On an episode of “Us and Them,” Claudia Aiken of the Weitzman School of Design and Taylor Kessinger of the School of Arts & Sciences discuss their research and advocacy for housing development in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter says he won’t run again now ‘or in any other year’

Former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter intends to start a center for public policy at Penn in order to address poverty and income inequality in the city.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

What does the future hold for the Tanner House? Historic preservation grad students have ideas

Graduate students at the Weitzman School of Design are teaming with Weitzman’s Randall Mason to discuss ways to expand the historical significance and preserve the architecture of the Henry O. Tanner House in North Philadelphia.

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Axios

A look back at the year in Nashville music news

The Weitzman School of Design’s PennPraxis will lead a study to see how the city of Nashville can stabilize its tumultuous live music industry.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

America’s blueprint for urban inequity was drawn in Philly. It failed Black Philadelphians

Matthew Jordan-Miller Kenyatta of the Weitzman School of Design sees an opportunity for Philadelphia to reset with an antiracist foundation, using Sankofa urban planning to incorporate Black history as a guide toward the future.

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