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 Lower Southwest Heinz refuge

STATUS: ADOPTED by PCPC – May 17, 2016

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The Lower Southwest District Plan is now available! Click here to read it.

The Lower Southwest District Plan’s Executive Summary is available! Click here to read it.







The Lower Southwest district is commonly known as Southwest Philadelphia, an overarching neighborhood name that contains smaller neighborhoods. Some of the historic smaller neighborhoods contained within Southwest Philadelphia include Eastwick, Paschall, and Elmwood.

Key Issues:

The Lower Southwest contains large residential areas, a major industrial district and the Philadelphia International Airport. The residential areas are experiencing higher levels of vacancy and lower property values even as new immigrant populations from West Africa and Southeast Asia move to the Lower South district. Despite numerous planned or existing recreation trails that connect such attractions as Cobbs Creek, the Heinz Wildlife Refuge, Fort Mifflin, and Bartram’s Garden, the neighborhoods are mostly isolated from these attractions and the Schuylkill River by industry, wide boulevards, and train tracks. Major industries include Eastwick Industrial Park, the United States Postal Service, and oil refineries. The Philadelphia Airport Auto Mall is adjacent to the industrial park. Key issues include the expansion of the airport, market demand for industrial land, neighborhood stability, and access to the Schuylkill River.



Martine Decamp, 215-683-4631,



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