PennPraxis

Michael Fichman

MCP

Researcher
Lecturer

Michael is a City Planner with experience in numerous forms of quantitative and qualitative research. He has consulting and research experience in geospatial analysis, predictive modeling, environmental planning, affordable housing development, transportation economics, strategic planning and surveying. He serves as a Lecturer in PennDesign's Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics program. 
 
He holds a Masters in City Planning from Penn and a BS in Biology from Haverford College. He has done research in fields as diverse as biogeochemistry, workforce development, baseball statistics, plant defense game theory, housing economics and the economics of curb parking. 
 
He spent over a decade in the music industry – as a performer, composer and record label executive and he is active in organizing in the nightlife community. He was a 2017 Knight Cities Challenge finalist and a recipient of an Emerging City Champions fellowship for his work with his 24HrPHL project. He is also an accomplished freelance journalist. Michael has written about sports, politics, food and more for the Philadelphia Weekly, Vice Magazine and other outlets.
 
Originally from Pittsburgh's East End, Michael has called Philadelphia home since 2001.
Work and Research
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Philly Free Streets 2016. By Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman