Created in May 2004, the Friends of 40th Street is a coalition that works to celebrate, promote and enhance the communities around 40th Street, a key commercial corridor that links residential neighborhoods and institutional campuses.  Comprised of residents, community-based organizations, businesses, and anchor institutions, the Friends uses Planning Principles written by community members and facilitated civic engagement to promote trust and a shared vision for the future of this diverse neighborhood.  The Friends’ public meetings provide a regular inclusive forum for open conversation about community-based issues.

Today the Friends of 40th Street, the University City District, SCI West, have come together to facilitate a conversation that will help to shape common planning principles and urban design ideals for consideration in development activities along the 40th Street corridor.  These conversations are a continuation of the 2004 conversation about planning principals for the 40th Street corridor. 

Through the summer of 2011 the group hosted a series of public meetings where the community came together to discuss the design and character of development along the 40th Street corridor. These meetings encouraged local stakeholder involvement in the identification of characteristics that may influence the success of a mixed-use retail and residential corridor along 40th Street. The meetings were completed in June 2011 and the feedback from meeting participants can be reviewed here.  Throughout the summer the project team worked to translate the feedback into shared civic goals and urban design strategies. Click here to read the final report, Civic Goals and Urban Design Strategies for the 40th Street Corridor.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2011 we hosted a final presentation for the work completed during the 40th Street forums.  During this public meeting the Civic Goals and Urban Design Strategies for the 40th Street Corridor were unveiled. Click here to view the final public presentation and read more about the community discussion about the project. 
 
We have compiled all of the information about this project into one area of this website -- 2011 40th Street Forums, accessible here or from the sidebar on the left side of this page.  In addition to these digital materials, a resource binder with printed information about the project has been delivered to a variety of public locations along the corridor. The locations include:  Walnut Street West Library, Durham Library and at the offices of the University City District, People's Emergency Center, Partnership CDC, The Enterprise Center, and Elwyn.  

For more information, contact:

PennPraxis:
Bridget Keegan: bkeegan@design.upenn.edu or (215) 898-6316

Penn Project on Civic Engagement:
Linda Breitstein: lindabre@exchange.upenn.edu or (215) 898-1112

The University City District (UCD) and Friends of 40th Street invite public participation in a facilitated conversation to shape common planning principles and urban design ideals for consideration in development activities along the 40th Street corridor. With guidance provided by PennPraxis and the Project for Civic Engagement, the conveners aim to encourage local stakeholder involvement in the identification of characteristics that may influence the success of a mixed-use retail and residential corridor in this community.