JoAnn Greco

Greetings! I’m a Philadelphia-based journalist who has written for dozens of newspapers, magazines, custom publications, and websites. Click here for a long, but incomplete, list.

One of my favorite markets is PlanPhilly, which is produced by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and looks at built environment and urban planning issues in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as a contributing editor who covers the public space, parks, and design beats, I write “Postcards” from other big cities.

Recently, for The Atlantic Cities, I explored an aspect of urban history that’s always fascinated me: our attraction to buildings languishing in picturesque disrepair.

I like pursuing stories that stretch either my descriptive touch (such as my best travel or art pieces) or my reporting nose (a meaty business story). My interests range from architecture and urban planning, to Japanese contemporary and traditional culture, to home and garden. If I can get two or more of these to intersect — see my report on how a Tokyo neighborhood is fighting re-development for Metropolis Magazine — all the better.

But sometimes it’s the little things that appeal. My interest in the myriad and often overlooked attractions of urban destinations led me to launch an online travel magazine, and since Fall 2009, The City Traveler has published more than 200 stories by 25 professional journalists.

This year marks my 20th as a freelancer. I’ve recently taught journalism at three universities, sold my original photography, and opened and operated an evenings-only dessert cafe. In between, I’ve read stacks of books (I like Saramago, Henry James, Nabokov, McEwan), seen lots of movies, learned a few hundred Italian and Japanese words, and watched many, many episodes of Sex & The City, The Office, and Seinfeld.

(Yup, I have no children…)