Civic Goals and Urban Design Strategies for the 40th Street Corridor
PennPraxis was engaged with the West Philadelphia organization Friends of 40th Street from 2004 through 2011 to develop strategies to improve the 40th Street corridor between Baltimore to Lancaster Avenue. Four forums were held in the summer of 2011 to develop strategies and recommendations for 40th Street. Friends of 40th Street is a coalition of organizations dedicated to revitalizing the 40th Street corridor, whose meetings were held at the University Square Apartments, a subsidized senior housing complex at 39th and Market.
Aspects of the plan address public space, transportation, preservation and development and scale and density, and consider urban design factors that play into each. Additionally, the plan takes into consideration the influences of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, which have heavy influences on the area.