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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



Lower Southwest 1st Public Meeting


Please join us for the first public meeting for the Lower Southwest District Plan on Monday, November 9th. The meeting will be held at Ezekiel Baptist Church (5701 Grays Avenue) from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The plan will make recommendations for zoning changes, city-owned land and facilities, and public investments in Lower Southwest Philadelphia. For more information, click here for the flyer.

North Delaware 2nd Public Meeting

Join us for North Delaware’s 2nd public meeting on Thursday, October 22nd at Abraham Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Avenue. The meeting will take place from 7:00-8:30pm, with doors opening at 6:45pm. For more info, click on the flyer or contact Larissa Klevan, project manager, at or 215-683-4649. ND_Public Meeting_2 Flyer_cs5_v1

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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