UC Review: Market Street Revitalization Begins

UC Review: Market Street Revitalization Begins

The University City District (UCD) is reporting that Market Street in University City is getting a facelift. Work began in November on a project to revitalize the streetscape on Market from 34th to 41st Streets. The University City Science Center is overseeing the project which is expected to take seven months to complete.

The project was initially conceived by the UCD as a way to improve the 40th and Market area.  The UCD then worked with the University City Science Center to expand the project to its current scope. The project is funded by property owners and landlords along the targeted area of Market Street and a $2 million grant from the City of Philadelphia’s ReStore Philadelphia Corridors program.

The goals of the Market Street Revitalization Project are three-fold and focus on sustainability, streetscape and safety:

  • Increase the green footprint of the Market Street Corridor with an emphasis on sustainable approach
  • Overall improvements to roads, pedestrian walkways, lightings, street signage
  • Provide a safer neighborhood for residents and students

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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