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Ridge Avenue Revitalization Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: lead planner / designer, graphics Economic growth in neighborhoods just north of Center City Philadelphia created demand for the physical enhancement of the areas main commercial corridor - Ridge Avenue A primary objective that emerged during the planning process was the desire to create open space along the commercial corridor within a neighborhood that is severely underserved by green space. A triangular wedge of vacant land positioned in front of the beloved Dr. J, Julius Erving, mural was identified as the best candidate for open space. Schematic designs were developed and presented to the surrounding neighborhoods groups who expressed strong support. The City is currently in the process of acquiring the parcels needed for implementation to begin.

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Logan Triangle Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: program development, lead designer, graphics

8th St.

Hutchinson St.

7.3 acres

10th St.

Warnock St.

10.7 acres

Franklin St.

The 35-acre vacant site has been a liability for the City and the surrounding community for over two decades. Attempts to redevelop the site for traditional commercial and residential uses have failed in part because of the sites location in a nonexistent development market and the tremendous costs required to remediate the unstable soil conditions.

7th St.

Loudon St

2.7 acres

Iglesia Sion Church

Wyoming St

9th St. Hutchinson St.

Courtland St

10th St.

Warnock St.

11th St.

Pressure to be a responsible steward of the site initiated the City to rethink its development approach. The strategy initiated here is a process that begins with changing the perception of the site from being a blighting influence to becoming a place that positively contributes to the neighborhood.

8th St.

3.7 acres 10.7 acres







Warnock St.

The tree nursery and commercial farm are uses that can fairly quickly become economic generators without significant upfront costs. Both uses require a workforce for the production of goods - providing job opportunities for residents in the immediate community. Finally, the program allows flexibility for the future use of the site when more favorable market conditions return.

Wingohocking St

10th St.

1.9 acres 4.2 acres

Harold O. Davis Memorial Church


A containerized nursery system will allow trees to be grown despite the poor soil conditions present on site

Provide an infrastructure framework that would permit the establishment and operation of a commercial farm

11th St.

Community Garden

Loudon St Tree Nursery

7th St.

9th St.

Tree Nursery Nursery Service Area


Iglesia Sion Church

Wyoming St Stormwater Infiltration

Temporary or permanent headhouses

Community / Event Area

Urban Agriculture

Courtland St.



10th St.

Flexible open space can be used for community gatherings, farmers markets and flea markets



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Pervious paving specified for parking lots

Stormwater Infiltration

Harold O Davis Memorial Church

Hunting Park

Establish a framework of raised beds to encourage community gardening

Educational signage placed throughout the site could communicate facts about stormwater management, native vegetation and the history of the site


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Philadelphia2035 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: Lead Urban Planner Philadelphia2035 is the city’s first comprehensive plan in over 50 years. The Citywide Vision, the first phase of the plan, sets broad policy within which City government works as it carries out its operations and capital investments. With projections of future population, housing, and employment, the Citywide Vision establishes a framework around which City departments can plan improvements. Phase two of Philadelphia 2035 is preparation of 18 District Plans. Each of the 18 districts is larger than an individual neighborhood, but smaller than whole quadrants of the city. District Plans will concentrate on such issues as major development opportunities, redevelopment of vacant land and buildings, areas in transition, transit-oriented development, neighborhood centers, community facilities, and community needs, all in relation to specific character and growth patterns. A key product will be a recommended land-use plan for each district, which will be used as the basis for recommending zoning map revisions

Girard Ave.


Broad St.


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Riv er War ds D is tr ict





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Penn Treaty Park

Existing Zoning .




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Poplar St.






nt Ave.

ge e. Av

Spring Garden St.








Callowhill St.







Vine St. I-676

10% 22.2%

Delaware River



I-P 0.7%


CA-1; CA-2 0.7%



SP-INS 0.6% SP-ENT 1.1%





Kelly Dr.




Lo we r N o rth Di stri c t Poplar St.

JFK Blvd.

RM-1; RM-2 RM-3; RM-4

Market St.

City Hall I-95

Chestnut St.


Christian St.

Gr Ell






n St.

Washington Ave.

So u th Di stri c t

Front St.

ay sF er




Av e




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South St.


s Blvd. r Colombu Christophe

2nd St.

3rd St.

4th St.

5th St.

6th St.

7th St.

8th St.

9th St.

10th St.

11th St.

12th St.

13th St.

15th St.

Broad St.

16th St.

17th St.

18th St.

19th St.

RMX-1; RMX-3

20th St.


Spruce St. 21st St.

CMX-3; CMX-4

Pine St.

22nd St.


25th St. 24th St. 23rd St.


26th St.

Walnut St.

New Jer s ey

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52nd & Poplar Streets Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: lead planner / designer, graphics The Mill Creek Playground exists as a run-down facility in desperate need of capital investment. The playground is situated on a much larger City-owned parcel with other publicly owned parcels nearby. The strategy formulated was to use the sale of the City-owned land to leverage improvements for the playground. The site plans were issued in an RFP for the sale of the sites and intended to be used as guide for prospective developers.

P. P.

3 Story Residential Dev.

r St.


3 or 4 Story Residential Dev.

Stormwater Mgmt.



P. Re-Used Bldg.



Improved Playground


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Vacate diagonal street for use as green space

Extend existing street as a through street

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Zoning Capacity Analysis for Arch Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: zoning analysis, zoning research, graphics The recently expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center created a wave of development demand for hotel rooms and office space on parcels in close proximity to the Center. The analysis compared the amount of development allowed by zoning to the expected amount of demand. Development area bonuses were proposed as a strategy to add the required density in exchange for developers making public realm improvements to benefit the surrounding area.

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Station Square at 30th Street Station Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: schematic design, stakeholder management, graphics Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is the nation’s second busiest train station in the country. Its serves as a key gateway to the central core of the City and to the major universities in the immediate area. Unfortunately, the public realm around the station has been deteriorated creating a station that is considered a stranded asset. The project began with negotiations between the City, PennDOT and Amtrak to recover an auto dominated area located between two landmark buildings. The intent was to create a vibrant pedestrian destination while clarifying the complex circulation patterns around the station. The new 50-foot-wide, block-long plaza creates a flexible “stage” to accommodate various programs and special events. The new public space opened with great success and is quickly becoming a popular destination for City residents and visitors.


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30 th S t.


Am tr ak 30th St. Stati on

St at io n Sq u ar e

30th St.

M ar k et St.

IRS Bui l di ng

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TKTS Pavilion at City Hall Courtyard Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: schematic design, graphics Recommendations were developed to create a more lively and inspired system of parks, plazas, and spaces at the city’s figurative heart, the area around City Hall Proposed Improvements for the City Hall Courtyard include new paving that is consistent with the quality of materials used in the building itself, movable seating and tables that can be positioned in response to shade and sun patterns, and restored portal gates that replace the existing chain link barriers. A privately managed TKTS-style kiosk within the courtyard would function as a one-stop venue for purchasing tickets to a multitude of concerts, performances, art venues and museums throughout the Central District. The venue and the location would link the Avenue of the Arts North and South and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

New or Restored portal Gates to Replace Chain Link Gates

Centralized TKTS Outlet for One Stop Ticketing for Philadelphia Arts.

Increased Perimeter Landscaping

Movable Seating

Improved Courtyard Paving

Restored Courtyard Compass

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1801 Vine Street Family Court Building - Logan Square Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: schematic design, building survey, graphics The 250,000 sf Family Court Building built by the New Deal-era Public Works Administration in 1941 is among Philadelphia’s most significant buildings. The property was designed as a companion to the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the two structures are near replicas of buildings on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The project necessitated developing schematic programing and space utilization studies for a city owned former courthouse building to determine its suitability for possible re-use as a hotel. The findings informed negotiations and a public RFP process that led to the successful disposition of the site and building to a private developer and hotel operator.

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Green Schoolyards - Philadelphia Public School District Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Role: schematic design, graphics A common characteristic exhibited by the City’s schoolyards is the abundant amount of asphalt that functions as play space. There is a concerted effort, led by the City’s Water Department, to increase the amount of pervious surface that would help ease the burden put on the City’s stormwater infrastructure while providing a desirable environment for school children to play. Designs and programs were developed for a selected number of high priority schools. The work produced was used to apply for grants that would help fund this important initiative.

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