On September 17th, the Urban Sustainability Forum will turn its focus to issues of vacant land in Philadelphia. The forum, entitled No Vacancy: Re-imagining Vacant Land in Philadelphia, will look at vacant land as an environmental and economic issue and explore ways to rejuvenate abandoned spaces. Panelists will address potential reuses for empty space, tensions between temporary and permanent use, and best practices.
Beth Miller, the Collaborative's executive director, will be moderating a panel of experts that includes Terry Gillen, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Dan Kildee, Treasurer of Genesee County, Michigan. Kildee was instrumental in creating the Genesee County Land Bank in Flint, Michigan, which has encouraged the reuse of abandoned properties and played an important role in the revitalization of the city.
Mark your calendars for September 17 at 6 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.