Workshop Recap: #EveryPlaceCounts Philadelphia Design Challenge, Day 1
This week, USDOT and CNU continues the #EveryPlaceCounts Design Challenge in Philadelphia, PA as part of the Secretary's Ladders of Opportunity initiative. Led by national transportation and urban design experts, dozens of local officials, residents, and business owners gathered to build consensus and generate strategies for reconnecting neighborhoods impacted by highway infrastructure. According to the City of Philadelphia:
"Philadelphia’s Vine Street Expressway, or I-676, cuts through the Drexel School of Medicine, Callowhill District, and Chinatown communities. The expressway has long impeded economic investment and access to green space for these neighborhoods along its path. The city aims to produce an aspirational vision for the seven-block focus area from 7th Street and Broad Street, along with a roadmap for further public engagement and an implementation plan."
Here are the highlights and insights from the first day of work:
"The expressway on Vine Street that divides community is unfortunate..." Connections to DT Under the Elevated Project #EveryPlaceCounts— Design Trust (@designtrustnyc) July 14, 2016
Great to have Influencers see the unintended consequences of well meaning structures like sound barrier walls on Vine St #EveryPlaceCounts— LT (@laurencetom) July 14, 2016
Utilitarian. Fortification. Couple of words used to describe the Vine St corridor. #EveryPlaceCounts— LT (@laurencetom) July 14, 2016