Mural Arts Course Wordpress Site

Check out the beautiful maps, photography, and analysis done by this year's Mural Arts course!


The passing of an Urban Studies colleague

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Felipe Gorostiza, a valued and long-time member of the Urban Studies faculty. Felipe succumbed to Covid-19 virus on April 15, 2020.  

A Wall of Our Own

A Wall of Our Own

Read Paul Farber's (URBS '05 & lecturer of Mapping Philadelphia course) book A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall.


Congratulations to Piotr

Big congratulations to Urbs senior Piotr Wojcik (pictured right), on being named a 2019-2020 Dean’s Scholar.


Op-Ed on the Rizzo Statue

Read Paul Farber's (URBS '05 and lecturer of Mapping Philadelphia course) opinion piece in the Inquirer, on the Frank Rizzo statue and the power of public monuments:

Jessica Lim

URBS Senior Publishes Article

Congratulations to Jessica Lim (URBS '18), whose senior seminar and honors paper assessed Penn’s support for its ABCS courses, in light of the call for the university to commit to PILOTs (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) to the city.

Let's Talk

How to Help When a Loved One is Considering Suicide

Jack Park (URBS '15) is featured in a People Magazine article, sharing advice on how to start the conversation and provide support when someone you know may be depressed.


Jack we are proud of your continued work on this important topic:


Underwater: What’s Sinking Families in Philadelphia

Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) recently published a report recommending policies to amend financial stress experienced by Philadelphia families.

Diana Simpson (URBS '19) is cited on the title page for her research assistance: Good work Diana!

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This is about

"This is About Racism and Greed"

A new photo essay, "It's about Racism and Greed" by Julia McWilliams, Amy Bach, and Elaine Simon takes on school closings in Philadelphia.

Co-Working Space

Penn Today article on Dave Grazian's Latest Research

As Penn Sociologist and Urban Studies Faculty Director David Grazian discovered through hundreds of hours of fieldwork, despite today’s digital work-anywhere economy, having a physical place to conduct business still matters.