THIS IS THE summer of love . . . if you love the city and want a say in planning its future. Three efforts now in full swing are calling on the public to help define what the city will look like, how it will recreate, and what its waterfront should be.

The City Planning Commission is working on the first city-wide comprehensive plan since the 1960s. Philadelphia2035 will map a course for development and preservation of housing and commercial centers, parks and open space, transportation infrastructure and clean energy. An initial series of public workshops ends next week with two meetings: Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Esperanza College, 4261 N. 5th St., and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Knowlton Mansion, Rhawn Street and Verree Road. More info at, and/or become a Facebook fan at We hope the city gets the word out more aggressively about a series of Philadelphia2035 meetings in the fall. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. has also scheduled public input, as has the city's Parks and Recreation Department. For all these efforts, and for a full exploration of the city's planning issues, the best go-to source is *