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Immigrant and migrant communities
Urban agriculture and food system planning
Urban and planning history
Recent and current projects focus on:
Immigrant communities, civil society, and sanctuary, including:
Urban agriculture and poverty in the global North and South, including:
Domenic Vitiello, The Sanctuary City: Immigrant, Refugee, and Receiving Communities in Postindustrial Philadelphia (Cornell University Press, 2022). Open access (free) - click here to download the entire book as an ebook or PDF (or click here to download PDFs of individual chapters).
Domenic Vitiello and Zoe Blickenderfer (Penn Urban Studies alum), "The Planned Destruction of Chinatowns in the United States and Canada since c.1900," Planning Perspectives (2020).
Domenic Vitiello, "Sanctuary and the City," The Metropole (2019).
Arthur Acolin (Penn Urban Studies alum) and Domenic Vitiello, "Who Owns Chinatown: Neighborhood Change and Preservation in Boston and Philadelphia," Urban Studies (2018).
Domenic Vitiello and Arthur Acolin, “Institutional Ecosystems of Housing Support in Chinese, Southeast Asian, and African Philadelphia,” Journal of Planning Education and Research (2017).
Domenic Vitiello and Thomas J. Sugrue, editors, Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). Chapter 9 by Domenic Vitiello and Rachel Van Tosh (Penn Master of City Planning alum), “Liberian Reconstruction, Transnational Development, and Pan-African Community Revitalization."
Food and Urban Agriculture:
Domenic Vitiello, "'The highest and best use of land in the city': Valuing Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia and Chicago," Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (2022). open access - free to download.
Domenic Vitiello, Jeane Ann Grisso, Rebecca Fischman (Penn Master of City Planning alum), and K. Leah Whiteside (Penn Master of City Planning alum), “From Commodity Surplus to Food Justice: Food Banks and Local Agriculture in the United States,” Agriculture and Human Values (2015).
Domenic Vitiello and Catherine Brinkley (Penn Planning PhD alum), “The Hidden History of Food System Planning,” Journal of Planning History (2014). Honorable mention for best article in the journal, 2013-2015.
Domenic Vitiello and Laura Wolf-Powers, “Growing Food to Grow Cities? The Potential of Agriculture for Local Economic Development in the Urban United States,” Community Development Journal (2014).
Urban and Planning History:
Domenic Vitiello, “Infrastructure: Lifelines, Mobility, and Urban Development,” in Planning History Handbook, edited by Carola Hein (Routledge, 2017).
Domenic Vitiello, Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis (Cornell University Press, 2013).
Domenic Vitiello, “Monopolizing the Metropolis: Gilded Age Growth Machines and Power in American Urbanization,” Planning Perspectives (2013). Winner of the prize for best article in the journal, 2012-14.
Degrees and Experience
B.A. in Archaeology, Wesleyan University
M.C.P. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in History, University of Pennsylvania
Domenic and his students have worked with numerous community organizations in the Philadelphia region, Sicily, and transnationally, helping design, implement, and evaluate programs and cooperative enterprises with community development corporations, migrant associations, immigrant and refugee resettlement agencies, and food and urban agriculture organizations. He has served on the boards of the African Cultural Alliance of North America, JUNTOS/Casa de los Soles, Philadelphia Orchard Project, and presently the International Planning History Society and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. Domenic is Editor for the Americas for the world's leading urban history journal Urban History.