Mission: PlanPhilly engages and educates citizens on the value of a well-designed city and encourages active involvement in shaping it through news coverage and content sharing.

About PlanPhilly covers design, planning, sustainability, transportation, and development in Philadelphia. PlanPhilly was created in 2006 as a project of PennPraxis, and was incubated and supported by PennDesign and PennPraxis until March 2015. PlanPhilly is now a project of WHYY News, expanding its reach to a whole new audience by taking advantage of WHYY’s multi-media platforms like radio and podcasts.

Who publishes PlanPhilly?

PlanPhilly is part of WHYY News and its network of journalism partners in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware. Prior to becoming part of WHYY in 2015, PlanPhilly was published by PennPraxis, part of University Of Pennsylvania's School of Design. 

What is PlanPhilly about?

Since its inception PlanPhilly has worked to hold the city accountable through beat reporting about planning, design, preservation, transportation, sustainability, and development news, investigative journalism and data analysis on issues such as tax delinquency and vacant land, as well as through the discerning voice of Eyes on the Street.

Our journalism is also about process, making sure Philadelphians are well-informed about the forces and decisions that reshape our city. It's informational and explanatory, and aims to promote a better-designed city with more transparent planning and development.

With a mandate to create transparency around city government, we cover all commission hearings that concerned planning. We show up with video cameras, ask questions, report out stories and serve the public good by peeling back layers of back-room dealings and obfuscation. Through our work, commissions have become more open and transparent and, we believe, more professional in decision-making.

Since 2007, we have published more than 11,000 articles and produced over 3,000 videos. We have created an editorial and commentary section called Eyes on the Street. We make every effort to engage with our community both on social media and in real life.

Who supports PlanPhilly?

PlanPhilly is made possible thanks to support from readers like you. PlanPhilly currently receives financial support from the Wyncote Foundation, Connelly Foundation, Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, and Knight Foundation. PlanPhilly has an ongoing content and research partnership with PennDesign. In 2016, more than 250 individual supporters donated to PlanPhilly's annual online appeal. In addition, WHYY and PlanPhilly are always developing fundraising strategies to support PlanPhilly's ongoing work. Make a contribution that helps fuel the PlanPhilly community here

Independent and non-partisan.

These core values motivate us to support informed public discourse and awareness, and drive our accountability reporting. Financial supporters do not influence our reporting.

Who reads PlanPhilly?

PlanPhilly has become an indispensable resource for many residents of our region. PlanPhilly has successfully filled a void left by traditional forms of mainstream media and the site has made great strides in creating convergence with other new media models, developing new audiences and keeping Philadelphians informed about planning-related news.

Who is on PlanPhilly's Advisory Board?

In October 2015, PlanPhilly reconstituted its advisory board. As of November 2017 these are the members of that board:

Kiki Bolender (Bolender Architects; Healthy Rowhouse Project), Brad Boone (JLL), Robert Cheetham (Azavea), Joanne Dahme (Philadelphia Water), Julie Donofrio (PennPraxis), John Gattuso (Liberty Property Trust), Michael Greenle, Nancy Goldenberg, Patrick Grossi (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia), Prema Gupta (The Navy Yard), Greg Krykewycz (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commisison), Beth McConnell (Philadelphia Association of CDCs), Beth Miller (Community Design Collaborative), Matt Ruben (Northern Liberties Neighbors Association; Central Delaware Advocacy Group), Rolando Sanchez (Impact Services Corporation), Craig Schelter (Developement Workshop), Sarah Clark Stuart (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia), Mary Tracy (Scenic America / Scenic Philadelphia), and Robert Zuritsky (Parkway Corp.)

Ashley Hahn, Board Chair Emeritus.

Can I participate in PlanPhilly?

Through Eyes on the Street we seek to connect PlanPhilly's process and policy coverage with the experience of living in the city. This is a place where people who care about planning and development in Philadelphia can share their observations, inspirations, and questions. It’s a place to connect with and learn from one another in an ongoing dialogue about Philadelphia’s future. Want to jump in? Here’s how.

How do I support PlanPhilly?

Show your support making a contribution to PlanPhilly's 2017 fundraising campaign! Your tax-deductible donation helps support our work in public-interest journalism. Contact Diana Lu 

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