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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



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.

Planning Together, Growing Together Celebration!

Join the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for our fourth annual event to mark citywide progress on Philadelphia2035- the Citywide Vision and ten adopted District plans!


Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will speak, helping to recognize the 60 graduates from the 2015 Citizens Planning Institute (CPI).


We will give away copies of our 2016 Progress Report & Calendar and present highlights, along with a sneak-peek of the Citizen’s Toolkit, a resource of CPI created by Andrew Goodman and Mark Wheeler, volunteer project designers and facilitators.


Refreshments and networking included! Free and open to the public. Here’s to another great year of #PlanningTogether!

For more info or to RSVP, click here.

2016 Annual Event Flyer

Lower Southwest District Plan’s 2nd Public Meeting

Join us for the Lower Southwest 2nd public meeting on Thursday, January 21st. The meeting will be held from 6pm – 7:30pm, at the Penrose School, 2515 S. 78th Street. Please attend the meeting to help refine the community vision for growth, development & preservation and see the results from the first public meeting’s exercises. For more information, please click here for the flyer, or contact Martine Decamp, Project Manager.


Phila2035 CONNECT Update for 2015

Take a look at some recent projects and initiatives that best represent how the City has been achieving the CONNECT goals of the Phila2035 Comprehensive Plan!


Phila2035 THRIVE Update for 2015

Check out some recent developments and initiatives that best represent how the City has been achieving the THRIVE goals of the Phila2035 Comprehensive Plan!

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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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