MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PLAZA REVITALIZATION

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Location: Philadelphia, PA United States. 1960s Public housing neighborhood

The Martin Luther King Plaza Towers were built in 1960 in the Hawthorne neighborhood of South Philadelphia. By the time they were demolished in the late 1990s, over 200 of the 594 public housing units were uninhabitable. The Plaza has been replaced with new streets and contextual architecture, reconnecting the old public housing site to the revitalizing existing fabric of the community. A range of housing types for a mix of incomes and new commercial, institutional and open space use has brought new life to a working-class rowhouse community suffering from decades of disinvestment and disrepair.

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Transect Zone(s): T4 general, T5 center.
Status: Complete
Project or Plan's Scale: Neighborhood
Features: Affordable/subsidized housing, Mixed uses, Transit oriented development.
Land area (in acres): 7
Project team designers: Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Project team developers: Phila. Housing Auth., Uni-Penn, LLC