Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.

Don’t let Philly homes get abandoned. Fix them up instead.

Brand new Urban Studies major Layla Sayed got an op-ed published in the Philadephia Inquirer. Impressive! The idea: Low-income homeowners are losing their homes because they can't afford basic repairs.

Jeremy Zorek and Miles Taylor

Two college buds spent 19 hours riding 10 NJ Transit buses across NJ

Armed with Cheez-Its, pretzels and a whiteboard to track their journey and fares, Jeremy Zorek and Miles Taylor attempted what few — perhaps no one, at least not voluntarily — have done before.

Tyson Smith

New Article from Professor Smith

Capital-Star Opinion Editorial on how PA’s incarcerated are doing their part to fight gun violence from the inside out. Tens of thousands of Americans with criminal records are fighting to restore dignity to their communities.

Chelsea Martin, 21, Fourth year at Drexel, of Toronto, Canada, Organizer with Drexel Community For Justice, speaks to a crowd at the University of Pennsylvania Campus in Philadelphia, Pa., on Wednesday Nov. 30, 2022.

Students call on Penn to drop discipline against protesters, fully divest from fossil fuels

Students unveiled a petition with more than 850 signatures, calling on Penn to drop the disciplinary charges and refrain from bringing future disciplinary action against peaceful protesters.

Image: John Lamparski/NurPhoto via AP

The Sanctuary City

Congratulations to Domenic Vitiello on his newest book, The Sanctuary City, where he talks about immigration and community through the guiding lens of sanctuary city policy.


Internships and Job Opportunities April 2022

CPCRS Research Assistant – Exhibition Curation

Deadline: April 22, 2022

Dr. Keene

Dr. John Keene, City & Regional Planning, and Urban Studies

The Urban Studies Program reports with sadness the passing of Dr. John Keene, Emeritus Professor of City and Regional Planning and long-standing member of the Urban Studies faculty. Professor Keene taught the course URBS204: Urban Law for over 35 years.


Inquirer Op Ed on Redistricting by John Kromer

Professor John Kromer (URBS 451, The Politics of Housing & Community Development) wrote a sensible op-ed in today's Philly Inquirer: Check it out here!


2022 Alumni Engagement Fellow

The Urban Studies Program is pleased to announce Anna Duan, C’22, the inaugural Urban Studies Alumni Engagement Fellowship recipient for 2022! This fellowship is made possible thanks to a generous gift by Scott Millstein, C'92, and Jae Lee.