One of the things Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) Director of Development Impact David Hirchner realized after the group’s 2010 discussion about the Baltimore Avenue commercial corridor was the group would benefit from a set of guiding principles to further steer development in that area.
When the Phila2035 meetings to collect community input and asses various commercial and zoning launched last year, it was the perfect opportunity for CPN to supplement the larger City-run effort (the University City/Southwest Plan has since been adopted) with their own local flavor.
We wrote about the CPN survey last summer when members were collecting community input. The results were published last month. CPN received about 500 responses, in the form of 450 online and the rest through handwritten copies that were mailed out with CPN’s yearly newsletter, which is mailed out to all households…
Soon, over a hundred new trail miles could be added to the city’s existing network, which already spans over 200 miles. The Philadelphia Trails Master Plan is a plan that describes a vision to expand the city’s trail network. It grew out of the large Phila2035 planning initiative, and exists now in draft form- it’s expected to be adopted by the Planning Commission, perhaps this month.
A Yankee fan enjoying a jog
Current trail network
One goal of this plan is to expand the trail network to reach areas lacking convenient access to open space. Other goals are to improve the connectivity of some of the city’s neighborhoods through trails and parks. In the past year more than two miles of new trail has been constructed. Nearly seven miles is in construction, and eight…
The City’s Phila2035 planning initiative is a comprehensive effort to collect community input from dozens of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods about the vision residents have for the future of their communities. Thus far, three of the eighteen plans, Lower South, West Park, and Lower Northeast, have been adopted by the Planning Commission. The next step, according to Planning Commission Executive Director Gary Jastrzab, is to conduct follow up studies that explore how the plans can be transformed into reality.
Now, “we are kind of drilling down into these general recommendations made in the different plans with an eye for implementation,” said Jastrzab.
Lower Northeast district
One tangible way that is happening is through two separate grants that will help realize visions set forth in the Lower Northeast Plan. The first is a $335,150 grant awarded to the City from ArtPlace America for Destination Frankford,…
Neighbors in Spruce Hill in West Philadelphia are attempting to build up their organization by offering free membership for new members that join the Spruce Hill Community Association (SHCA) between now and next winter.
Some civic groups charge fees and some don’t. SHCA fees are $20 a year. The group’s more than 300 members provide an annual budget of $6,000 that contributes to the organization’s efforts in the community. Current members decided to offer free membership in order to boost the group’s numbers, ostensibly increasing the budget in years to come. Ten new members had joined by early May, according to Rich Guffanti, SCHA’s database coordinator.
Lot at 43rd and Baltimore
“There’s about a dozen things we do with it,” said Guffanti. That includes handling publicity and making the community aware of local development like plans for a 92-unit building at 43rd &…
These Philadelphia streets are made for walking. Her walk score makes her the fifth most walkable city in the nation, according to America Walks. The group provides walk scores for cities across the nation.
Philadelphia, with a score of 74.1, ranked only behind New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. The scores are based on the principles of new urbanism, and ultimately calculated using an algorithm that uses U.S. Census data, as well as locally collected information to determine how easy it is to walk around certain places.
In Philly, it’s easy enough to grab some meat at the Italian Market down by 9th & Washington, walk north to Center City, and then walk across Market Street towards the Parkway and the Art Museum. The Parkway has benefited from ongoing streetscape improvements as well…
The decay of various ornate churches dotted across Philadelphia has been a common discussion point among churchgoers and preservationists alike. These physical manifestations of human excellence, aesthetics and ritual are being razed and/or sold to make room for single family homes designed with as much style as a politician’s suit.
Mount Olive AME was torn down last year
Such was the fate of St. Boniface in Norris Square. And soon will (probably?) be that of the Church of the Assumption on Spring Garden. Yea, many churches have gone on to meet the gods.