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2011 40th Street Forums

Creating Civic Goals and Urban Design Strategies for the 40th Street Corridor
 
The University City District and SCI West work to bring groups together to foster positive changes in West Philadelphia neighborhoods. This current project is an extension of the purposes of both organizations.  The University City District has recently started an initiative to improve the transit portals along the 40th Street Corridor.  These design and development conversations about 40th Street will help to inform that transit project.  Likewise, SCI West is currently in the midst of developing its strategic plan for the next three years and the 40th Street corridor serves as a key component of this strategic plan. Additionally, this conversation about the design and character of development along 40th Street will help to inform the neighborhood planning component of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s Philadelphia 2035 Comprehensive Plan.  Click here to read about the many planning efforts that are currently underway along the corridor.

Throughout the summer of 2011, the University City District (UCD), SCI/West and Friends of 40th Street are working together to create a set of urban design guidelines for future development along 40th Street from Baltimore Avenue to Lancaster Avenue extending to 39th Street and 41st Street.  The work builds upon the principles for equitable development that PennPraxis and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement development with the community in 2004.

In June 2011, the team invited public participation in four public forums to help shape common planning principles and urban design ideals for consideration in development activities along the 40th Street corridor. PennPraxis and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement served as meeting facilitators and worked with meeting attendees to identify the design characteristics that may influence the success and future development of a mixed-use retail and residential corridor for 40th Street. Throughout the rest of the summer, the project team worked together translate the ideas expressed during the public forums into urban design strategies that may be used to inform future development along the corridor.
 
Over 100 people attended the four forums and participated in discussions about urban design and community needs. The attendees included residents from a variety of nearby neighborhoods (such as Spruce Hill, West Powelton, Walnut Hill) as well as representatives from community development corporations, nearby institutions, business owners, and students. Click here to read the thoughts and ideas that were expressed during each forum.
 
Throughout the summer and early fall the feedback from the public meetings was compiled and pulled together into a document that will serve as a tool for stakeholders along the corridor.  This document will help community members have more informed discussions about proposed development projects and it will help to ensure that projects will contribute to the evoling success of the corridor as a pedestrian-scaled commercial district.  The final report is now available. Click here to read more about the Civic Goals and Urban Design Strategies for the 40th Street Corridor.  The final report was discussed during a public meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00pm in the Community Room at 3901 Market Street. Click here to view the final presentation and community feedback.
 
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In addition, the attachments below provide a great deal of information about the corridor and about the work that the project team will complete throughout the summer of 2011. Please feel free to browse through each file and contact us with any questions (bkeegan@design.upenn.edu or lindabre@exchange.upenn.edu).  

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