PlanPhilly wants to hear your stories!

A message from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

We wanted to announce the launch of As an organization interested in Philadelphia's public spaces and neighborhoods, and fostering conversations about the future of our city, we thought you might be interested in our project. We need your stories, photos, videos!

PhilaPlace connects Philadelphia stories to Philadelphia places and is a chance for ordinary (and not so ordinary) people to leave their mark on the city. Your stories, photos, and videos woven together with historical records, capture the rich history, cultures, and architecture of our neighborhoods – past and present.

Please think of your past, your history, your Philadelphia experience. What projects are you involved in, how do they contribute to ourPhiladelphia? Take a minute to check out PhilaPlace and think of the ways it can be a part of your own projects — how your legacy has made its mark on Philadelphia. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ( welcomes you to PhilaPlace and invites you to participate. It's a lofty goal, to collect everyone's stories — we need you, so bring your friends! Promote your history to your people.

This is a brand new multimedia site featuring more than 150 neighborhood stories told through text, audio and video. The initial content centers on two of Philadelphia’s oldest immigrant and working-class neighborhoods – Old Southwark and the Northern Liberties. Visitors to the site can contribute new content to the neighborhoods in these areas on an ongoing basis, and will have the ability to map their own stories in place and time. No hurry, but be inspired!

To keep up with PhilaPlace online, you can follow our Twitter feed at @historicalPA. We also have a Facebook page, where we will share photos, events and special updates. Become a fan at

We would love to keep in touch with you about the project, and would be interested in connecting with your members and visitors.

Feel free to contact me with any additional information you might need about the project.

For additional ways for how you can connect with the project, drop us a line.
Thanks for all you do, and happy holidays!

Nicki Ittner for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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