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Cultural Ecology, Neighborhood Vitality, And Social Wellbeing—A Philadelphia Project, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Dec 2013

Cultural Ecology, Neighborhood Vitality, And Social Wellbeing—A Philadelphia Project, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

CultureBlocks Philadelphia

From 2011 to 2013, SIAP with Reinvestment Fund undertook new research that featured development of multidimensional indexes of social wellbeing for the city of Philadelphia. This report presents the results of that collaboration. Chapter 1 documents construction of a neighborhood-based social wellbeing index for the city. Chapter 2 uses the social wellbeing index to analyze patterns of advantage and disadvantage in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Chapter 3 draws on SIAP's historical data to examine changes in Philadelphia's cultural ecology between 1997 and 2012. The summary highlights how the policy tool helps conceptualize and measure culture as a dimension of social ...


What Do The Arts & Culture Contribute To Urban Life?, Mark J. Stern Oct 2013

What Do The Arts & Culture Contribute To Urban Life?, Mark J. Stern

CultureBlocks Philadelphia

For a panel discussion on "Arts, Culture, and Vibrant Cities: Innovative Roles for Arts and Culture in Growing Inner Cities,” Stern’s talk uses Philadelphia research to highlight the sector’s drive to demonstrate economic vs. social benefits of “creative placemaking” and the consequences for disadvantaged urban neighborhoods.

The event was part of “Reimagining Cities: Building Resiliency"—A Full-Day Symposium on Challenges Facing American Cities—held at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Center for Politics and Governance, University of Texas at Austin, on Friday, October 25, 2013.


Cultureblocks: Bringing Arts & Culture Into The Urban Policy Mix, Mark J. Stern Oct 2013

Cultureblocks: Bringing Arts & Culture Into The Urban Policy Mix, Mark J. Stern

CultureBlocks Philadelphia

This presentation was prepared for the Grantmakers in the Arts 2013 conference on "The NEW Creative Community" held October 6th-9th in Philadelphia. The CultureBlocks panel discussion was organized by Moira Baylson, Deputy Cultural Officer of the Philadelphia Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy, with Mark Stern, University of Pennsylvania. Stern's talk focused on use of CultureBlocks--as a data tool, a research tool, and a policy tool--to integrate the arts and culture into urban policy-making.


Presentation At Penn Urban Studies Colloquium: Delhi, The Invisible City, Kushanava Choudhury, Durba Chattaraj, Moulshri Joshi Oct 2013

Presentation At Penn Urban Studies Colloquium: Delhi, The Invisible City, Kushanava Choudhury, Durba Chattaraj, Moulshri Joshi

Presentations (Social Science Studio)

New Delhi is the capital of India, and a master-planned metropolis. Its unplanned spaces such as Urban Villages, Unauthorized Colonies and Jhuggi Jhopri Clusters tend to be seen as the margins of the planned city. Yet a majority of citizens live and work in these unplanned areas of the city.

For millions of Delhi-ites, the non-planned areas are sources of affordable rental housing as well as employment, as locations for thousands of small businesses and workshops. These spaces and the economies and communities they contain, are connected to the planned city through complex political and economic arrangements. These spaces and ...


The Wellbeing Index: A Landscape Of Worldwide Measures And The Potential For Large-Scale Change, Karen Smith Warner Aug 2013

The Wellbeing Index: A Landscape Of Worldwide Measures And The Potential For Large-Scale Change, Karen Smith Warner

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Around the world, across a spectrum of disciplines and by many different pathways, measures of wellbeing are emerging as a means for institutions and individuals to join forces in their efforts to balance material growth and development with the rights of humans to preserve, protect, and pursue those interests that lead to wellbeing, for both individuals and for society. Wellbeing indices are an important and innovative addition to the global conversation about the economics of happiness. Their rising viability with nations, communities, Nobel laureates, ordinary citizens, academics, economists, and policymakers, speaks to a growing questioning of the validity and adequacy ...


Cultural Research Network (Crn) Overview Of Cultureblocks Mapping Tool And Interview With Susan Seifert (Siap), Kiley Arroyo May 2013

Cultural Research Network (Crn) Overview Of Cultureblocks Mapping Tool And Interview With Susan Seifert (Siap), Kiley Arroyo

CultureBlocks Philadelphia

This document is the transcript of the Cultural Research Network (CRN) inaugural interview featuring CultureBlocks, Philadelphia's free online mapping tool, posted by Kiley Arroyo (CRN) on May 17, 2013. The focus of Arroyo's interview with Susan Seifert was the SIAP perspective on development of the CultureBlocks tool and insights for other cultural researchers.


Suspicious Fires In Slums: A Comparison Across Cities, Heather Bromfield Apr 2013

Suspicious Fires In Slums: A Comparison Across Cities, Heather Bromfield

Posters

"Suspicious Fires in Slums" presents a vivid visual backdrop to its clearly highlighted points about the issues surrounding slum fires. Heather's poster examines the causes and effects of slum fires in developing cities, highlighting the national flags of Brazil and India. The light-colored text and circular shapes provide an effective contrast to the dark, menacing background. Key visual elements:

  • Bold background image
  • Light/dark image and text contrasts
  • Brief, effective bursts of text

This was created for the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) Undergraduate Research Symposium.


“Natural” Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study—Report Summary, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Feb 2013

“Natural” Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study—Report Summary, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

"Natural" Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study—2010-2013

This summary of the full research report--"Natural" Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study (February 2013)--presents the rationale for the study as well as findings and implications for policy and research. Policy issues noted are: differential ecology of "natural" cultural districts; economic inequality and location advantage; and trends in the development and management of cultural space. Research questions noted are: change in neighborhood cultural ecology over time; new models of cultural production; displacement vs community revitalization; and reconnecting the arts with culture.


“Natural” Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Feb 2013

“Natural” Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

"Natural" Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study—2010-2013

From 2010 to 2012, SIAP undertook a study of “natural” cultural districts in three cities—Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Seattle. This report presents findings of two sets of analyses: a citywide analysis of the social geography and cultural ecology of each city and a set of case studies of cultural clusters within the three cities. For each case study, in the following seven neighborhoods, a statistical overview was fleshed out by qualitative study:

  • Baltimore—Highlandtown-Patterson Park and Station North;
  • Philadelphia—Callowhill/Chinatown North and South Philadelphia; and
  • Seattle—Capitol Hill, the Central District, and Chinatown-International District.

The citywide analyses examined the ...


Exploring The Role Of The Food Environment On Food Shopping Patterns In Philadelphia, Pa, Usa: A Semiquantitative Comparison Of Two Matched Neighborhood Groups, Jana A. Hirsch, Amy Hillier Jan 2013

Exploring The Role Of The Food Environment On Food Shopping Patterns In Philadelphia, Pa, Usa: A Semiquantitative Comparison Of Two Matched Neighborhood Groups, Jana A. Hirsch, Amy Hillier

Cartographic Modeling Lab Papers

Increasing research has focused on the built food environment and nutrition-related outcomes, yet what constitutes a food environment and how this environment influences individual behavior still remain unclear. This study assesses whether travel mode and distance to food shopping venues differ among individuals in varying food environments and whether individual- and household-level factors are associated with food shopping patterns. Fifty neighbors who share a traditionally defined food environment (25 in an unfavorable environment and 25 in a favorable environment) were surveyed using a mix of close- and open-ended survey questions. Food shopping patterns were mapped using Geographic Information Systems (GIS ...


Saving Each Other: Using Historic Preservation As A Tool For Therapeutic City Planning, Elizabeth Rose Hessmiller Jan 2013

Saving Each Other: Using Historic Preservation As A Tool For Therapeutic City Planning, Elizabeth Rose Hessmiller

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Therapeutic, or reparative, planning is city planning that focuses on reestablishing trust and good will with communities historically marginalized by planning in order to better serve them as the city continues to evolve. The way to do reparative planning is debated by scholars. The idea of therapeutic planning is not so much about apologizing for apology’s sake as it is about repairing wounds so that planners can continue to work for the public good while engaging a greater diversity of stakeholders.

This work explores the potential of historic preservation to serve as a tool in the pursuit of therapeutic ...


Fringe Benefits, Catherine Brinkley Jan 2013

Fringe Benefits, Catherine Brinkley

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This study tests the hypothesis that increased rugosity (the ratio between urban perimeter and farmland area) of the rural-urban fringe allows farms to create greater value for their regions through greater access to urban markets. Findings show that increased rugosity is not associated with farmland loss despite correlating with greater population growth. Rugosity is, instead, associated with higher agricultural sales per acre and more farm-to-city networks. Using the urban interface as a variable to understand farm production and stabilization, this paper includes a spatial statistical analysis of county-level metro-area farm products, farmland loss, and demographics in relation to the concentricity ...


Is It Good To Be Green?: An Assessment Of County Green Infrastructure Planning In Colorado, Florida, And Maryland, Amy J. Lynch Jan 2013

Is It Good To Be Green?: An Assessment Of County Green Infrastructure Planning In Colorado, Florida, And Maryland, Amy J. Lynch

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Over the past twenty years, landscape-scale green infrastructure planning has emerged as a way to support green spaces that provide ecosystem services and to revalue them in the planning and land development process. Despite the growth, there is little empirical research on the specific strategies that comprise local government green infrastructure planning and their success in supporting three important aspects of green space networks: size/shape, quality, and connectivity. This research fills that gap by examining how county planning agencies carry out green infrastructure planning and the effectiveness of county strategies in retaining, preserving, and connecting green space over time ...