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In 2035, Philadelphia preserves and renews its environmental and historic resources. The city showcases centuries of growth and change, treasured parks and rivers, valued culture and architecture, and clean air and water.

The RENEW theme presents strategies about Open Space, Environmental Resources, Historic Preservation, and the Public Realm. These planning elements make up the final component of the built environment: THRIVE deals with mostly with buildings, both public and private; CONNECT deals with the streets, rails, and utilities that connect and serve these buildings; and RENEW focuses mostly on the other systems that fill in the rest of the space in the city: waterfronts, parks, squares, and how those impact our environment and our experience out and about in the public realm.

At the citywide level, recommendations within RENEW include:

  • Expanding public access to both rivers through a trail system and new parks
  • Investing in the existing park inventory (greening schoolyards, rec center yards, and other potential neighborhood gathering spaces), while seeking funding for signature new parks including the Reading Viaduct and Penn’s Landing Park.
  • Supporting the Water Department’s ambitious green stormwater infrastructure projects in all corners of the city
  • focusing available resources on



Upper North District Draft Plan Released

uno_draft_09-20-2016_forweb_page_01On September 20, PCPC released the draft plan for the Upper North District. Click the image above to download the draft plan (PDF, ~200 MB)


First Public Meeting for Far Northeast District

Please join PCPC for our first Far Northeast District Plan public meeting on September 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 10400 Roosevelt Boulevard.  Your feedback will help shape development and direct public investment. There will be a presentation of existing conditions and then interactive mapping exercises. Please contact Greg Waldman, Project Manager, for more information.


2016 Philadelphia2035 Calendar + Annual Report is Here!

This calendar is the PCPC’s Philadelphia2035 Annual Implementation update and can be downloaded here. To track the implementation of Philadelphia2035, the PCPC has created this calendar highlighting the achievements of the past year.


Hard copies are still available at the Planning Commission offices; 1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor.

Citywide Vision is available for download

Click here to download the full plan (70mb PDF), or click here for the summary document (6mb).

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