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STATUS: In Progress

Thank you to those who attended our third public meeting.  Results from the meeting will be posted below.  In addition, printed copies of presentations from all three rounds of meetings will be available at the following branch libraries:

Cecil B Moore (2320 Cecil B Moore Avenue); Kensington (104 W. Dauphin Street); Lillian Marrero (601 W Lehigh Avenue); Ramonita Rodriguez (600 block of Girard Avenue); and Widener (2808 W Lehigh Avenue).

March 2014 Zoning Recommendation Revisions

After several revisions, Commission staff has released a new Corrective Zoning map.  These recommendations will be forwarded to City Council once the final plan is adopted.

Public Meeting Material

Results of the third public meeting.

Draft American Street focus area recommendations from public meeting – round 3

Draft Ridge Avenue focus area recommendations from public meeting – round 3

Proposed zoning recommendations from public meeting – round 3

Results of second round public meetings

Results of first round public meetings

Public input boards from public meetings – round one (2 of 2)

Public input boards from public meetings – round one (1 of 2)


PowerPoint Presentations

Presentation of the Draft Plan for the City Planning Commission (January 28)

Public meeting (December 11)

Public meeting (October 29)

Update for the City Planning Commission and fourth Steering Committee presentation (October 15)

Third Steering Committee presentation (August 14)

First presentation to the City Planning Commission (July 16)

Second Steering Committee presentation (June 12)

First Steering Committee presentation (May 7, 2013)


Additional Information

Steering Committee (active members)

Recent neighborhood plans in the Lower North District

Technical Memoranda: Existing Conditions, Issues and Opportunities


Census Tracts (2010)



North Philadelphia, North Central, Norris Square, Olde Kensington, South Kensington, West Kensington, Yorktown, Ludlow, Brewerytown, Green Hills, Cecil B Moore, Sharswood, Strawberry Mansion.

Key Issues:

For the first time in 60 years, Lower North Philadelphia has grown. After losing over 60 percent of its population, Lower North gained 147 people from 2000 to 2010.  This is a small but positive change. Population in some areas is growing while other areas continue to shrink.  This large population loss has led to 345 acres of vacant land, almost four thousand vacant buildings, and struggling commercial districts.

Key assets include residents dedicated to their neighborhoods, schools and churches willing to invest, and roughly $1.6 billion in public and private development in the last ten years.

Key issues include unemployment, the lack of access to jobs, and the lack of income to support the kinds of retail that residents prefer. Uneven growth has led some areas to face rebuilding and its related traffic and safety issues, while other areas struggle to attract investment.

Temple University is the district’s biggest economic engine.  Its rapid expansion, while contributing to the employment base, has also led to conflicts with neighbors over on-street parking, density, and the scale of new buildings. Most private sector development has consisted of housing for students, generating issues with code enforcement and parking.

Many informal solutions to vacancy have appeared including gardens, parking, business expansion and keeping livestock.  Reliance on subsidies for new housing raises questions about creating or perpetuating concentrations of poverty.


David Fecteau, 215-683-4670,





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