The Plan builds on the neighborhood assets, private and institutional investments being made by Temple University, the extensive transit network in the form of buses, local subway and Regional Rail service while creating the framework to address the on-going issues of livability, safety, housing choice, schools, community services and vacant and blighted properties.

  • Focus new development initiatives and investment along major corridors and adjacent to existing assets
  • Create a network of open spaces to meet residents’ diverse recreation needs and improve the environment through the repurposing of vacant property
  • Use green corridors to increase neighborhood connectivity through targeted streetscape improvements and tree planting that can help ameliorate urban heat island effect and improve aesthetics and quality of life for urban residents, provide for safe multimodal access (pedestrian, bikes, transit and vehicles)
  • Reinforce transit oriented development by building additional residential density and commercial, retail, and open space development adjacent to transit hubs


Community Design Collaborative Final Report

Making Connections: Conceptual Design for Under the Viaduct presents design solutions to address the challenges presented by the SEPTA Viaduct in the North Central neighborhood of Philadelphia. The goal is to provide improvement strategies that will reduce crime, increase safety, and help to meld the fabric of the neighborhood by encouraging pedestrian access. Three underpasses beneath the Viaduct have been identified as the basis of this design exercise. The underpasses are just north of the Temple University train station and include: W. Norris Street between N. 9th and N. 10th Streets, Diamond Street at N. 10th Street, and W. Susquehanna Avenue between N. 10th and N. 11th Streets. The design solutions address not only these particular intersections, but also linkages to tie them together. While site specific, these designs are also intended to act as prototypes for other similar underpass locations throughout the City.

The Community Design Collaborative Final Report is complete.

8th and Berks Design Charrette

In November 2013, with support from Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM), LISC Philadelphia, and the City of Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), the Community Design Collaborative hosted a full-day design charrette that enabled designers, community leaders, public agencies, private developers, and other stakeholders to explore redevelopment strategies for a large vacant parcel at 8th and Berks Streets in Eastern North Philadelphia. This charrette, called Compass, Connector, Catalyst: Re-imagining 8th and Berks, was presented as part of AlA Philadelphia's annual Design on the Delaware Conference.

The Design Charrette report  can be read here.

Community Safety Training Photos, Part 1-September 26, 27 2016