Philadelphia2035 Special Event - The Future is Now
PHILADELPHIA, PA–(January 10, 2013)—Today the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) will release details concerning the progress of Philadelphia2035, the City’s comprehensive or physical-development plan, at an event to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments. PCPC, will also recognize the “fifth class of graduates” of its Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) and announce that the Commission has just been advised it is receiving a prestigious national planning excellence award for best practice from the American Planning Association.
After the adoption of Philadelphia2035 in June 2011, the City of Philadelphia saw major achievements in 2012 that contributed to economic development, smarter land management, efficiency in transportation and utilities, sustainability, and community improvements. Highlights include:
· A $6 million investment from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce in façade improvements and corridor upgrades, as well as ongoing construction projects totaling close to $3 billion for multi-family residential and mixed-use buildings, university housing and academic projects, and hotels.
· The launch of Philly Land Works, the consolidation of nearly all City-owned land into a single online portal, drawing thousands of prospective buyers.
· SEPTA, having installed energy efficient technology and completed dozens of stimulus-funded repair projects, hit a 23-year high in terms of ridership.
· The beautification and transformation of open space, such as the Porch at 30th Street Station, neighborhood and waterfront parks, parklets, and miles of walkable, bikeable trails. Thanks to electric charging stations across the city, an environmentally friendly carshare fleet, and 4,000 new trees, Philadelphia leads the region in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
· New farmers markets, healthy corner stores, and supermarkets to improve healthy food access for more than 100,000 Philadelphians.
“To say we’re bursting with pride about the progress the people of Philadelphia have made over this past year is a major understatement,” said Alan Greenberger, FAIA, chairman of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “Philadelphia2035 was not our vision – it was the vision of thousands, and they are the ones making it a reality.”
The event also features a ceremony for 28 recent graduates of the Citizens Planning Institute (CPI), the educational and outreach arm of the City Planning Commission. The CPI, a grant-supported program, empowers accepted applicants by offering classes and workshops taught by experts in the fields of sustainability, neighborhood and community development, zoning and other topics. After attending three classes, as well as electives and optional workshops, participants receive a “Certificate of Completion” as “citizen planners.”
“The twenty-eight new citizen planners deserve so much credit and thanks,” said CPI Director Donna Carney. “They applied to this competitive program because they are enthusiastic and committed residents who want to make their neighborhoods and Philadelphia even better places to live and work.”
With a growing number of Philadelphia residents taking a more active role in improving or shaping the future of their neighborhoods, the CPI has become a popular way for individuals active in civic organizations to learn more about how to get involved and take greater responsibility in community improvement throughout the city. Over the past two years, the program has graduated nearly 150 citizen planners from 85 neighborhoods.