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STATUS: Adopted by PCPC May 20, 2014

Thank you to those who participated in the Lower North District Plan process.  Results from public meetings and Power Point presentations are posted below.

Lower North District Plan Executive Summary


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 Final Plan for the City Planning Commission (May 20, 2014)

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

Recent neighborhood plans in the Lower North District

Technical Memoranda: Existing Conditions, Issues and Opportunities


Census Tracts (2010)

Public Comments Received for the Draft District Plan



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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