Monthly Event

Bartram Choice

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When

Thursday, August 1, 2019

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Where

Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street

What

Southwest Philadelphia teeters on the precipice of significant change. The Schuylkill River Trail will shortly connect Southwest directly to center city; PIDC will soon ignite transformation of the industrial swath south of Grays Ferry; and University City will continue to expand and flourish. Not only are these developments radiating growth outwards but in Southwest Philadelphia one may find all the ingredients that make contemporary urban life so appealing—an extensive transit network, lively commercial corridors, distinctive historic and cultural anchors, access to the waterfront, and perhaps most attractive of all—affordable housing. Investment, revitalization, and enhanced connectivity are all good things but maintaining affordability for the city’s most vulnerable residents has never been more pressing as highlighted by the city’s recently released Housing Action Plan and illustrated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s years-long waiting list. Bartram Village is PHA’s largest public housing site in Southwest Philadelphia. It occupies 22 beautiful acres near the riverfront and is the focus of a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant. Now halfway through the planning process, Bartram Choice is exploring ways to position residents to take part in these positive developments and not just become recipients of new shelter. Bartram Choice seeks to restore health, leverage the uniqueness of the neighborhood, find strength in the area’s diversity, and build wealth. Please join us for this important conversation about maintaining housing affordability for all Philadelphians while enabling the city’s most vulnerable to take part in and benefit from its growth.

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Presenter

Woo Kim, AICP, LEED AP, PP | Principal, WRT

Woo Kim is a principal in WRT’s planning and urban design practice. His work is focused primarily on neighborhood revitalization and the development of equitable communities. To date, he has planned for the development of thousands of affordable housing units nationwide and has transformed communities large and small. He is adept at reaching minority/immigrant population groups and building community capacity and trust. He is also a subject matter expert on affordable/fair housing, managing gentrification, and leveraging housing investments to improve social determinants of health. He speaks regularly at national conferences and his work is published in Planning Magazine and APA’s Zoning Practice. Woo teaches periodically at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. His most recent studio challenged graduate students to understand and propose policy solutions to tackle gentrification’s negative side effects in rapidly growing American cities.

Kyle Flood, AICP | Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. Philadelphia Housing Authority

Flood is the Senior Advisor to PHA’s President & CEO. In this role, he advises on housing policy matters, and oversees and directs a range of high priority interdepartmental initiatives involving policy development, neighborhood planning and development, asset repositioning and other projects. Prior to returning to PHA in 2017, he worked for the nation’s largest private sector affordable housing development company in Los Angeles. He previously worked for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, overseeing redevelopment and disposition efforts including development and implementation of a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant. From 2006 to early 2014, he worked at PHA where he developed and submitted applications for conversion of over 3,000 public housing units through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and successfully applied for a $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant.