Welcome to Friends of 40th Street - promoting the evolution of 40th Street in University City as a vibrant link between people and communities - a reflection of the robust and diverse cultures that contribute to the character of this very public place. It's the place where the University of Pennsylvania and West Philadelphia meet. It's a place where local merchants, residents, University students, and visitors participate in the time-honored exchange of commerce and culture - an exchange that is the foundation for the great civic spaces of our times.

40th Street is about history and planning, about a multiplicity of visions, uses and users. It is part of an evolving continuum of time and people and place.

And it's also about the future - about coming to a common understanding of what makes for a great street in the heart of a neighborhood that holds so many riches - of people, traditions, culture and knowledge.

The Friends of 40th Street is implementing the principles for the evolution of 40th Street in West Philadelphia between Lancaster Avenue and Baltimore Avenue that were developed during a month-long community engagement process in the winter of 2004. The Friends of 40th Street meet monthly on the last Friday of each month with three working task forces focused on arts, quality of life, transportation, and the development of the corridor. A Steering Committee also meets monthly to discuss task force developments and plan presentations for the upcoming general meetings. The links in the menu above, and particularly the online forum, offer you a place to add your voice to the many who feel passionately about 40th Street.

Welcome to 40th Street - we hope you come back often.




40th Street, South of Walnut, 1964



40th Street, Corner at Chestnut, 1964