PCPC staff and partner City agencies created a series of existing conditions memos to kick off the West Park District Plan. Read our existing conditions memos.
West Park District at a Glance
Over the past 30 years West Park has seen its population decline by eight percent. At the same time, the major institutions within the district, including St. Joseph’s University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, have expanded. The 2010 census marked the city’s first population increase since 1960. The Citywide Vision projected that the population of Philadelphia through 2035 will modestly increase by 100,000 people. The population of West Park is projected to stabilize, with perhaps modest growth. The recommendations in this plan are based on a stabilized population. Future growth within the district will depend on market forces, such as institutional development, new companies moving to the industrial areas, and the growth of the cultural and tourism sectors.
The West Park District has a diverse economic base with institutional, industrial, commercial, and cultural employers. The area along City Avenue is categorized as a “regional center” in the Citywide Vision, drawing constituents from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.