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    • Lower North | Philadelphia2035

Planning Commission approves down-zoning in North Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of three bills on Tuesday that would implement portions of the Lower North District Plan, one of 18 neighborhood plans being undertaken as part…

    • Vacant land strategies

Lower North Plan gets warmer reception at final public meeting

There weren't  big changes in the latest version of the Lower North District plan presented last week at Temple's Howard Gittis Student Center. But reaction to the plan was more positive…

    • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Council President Clarke unveiled the newly renovated Amos Playground

Parks and Rec unveils new Amos Playground equipment

In a neighborhood where discussion usually centers around the student housing boom, Philadelphia Parks and Rec and City Council President Darrell Clarke came together to unveil something designed specifically for the…



North Philadelphia, North Central, Norris Square, Olde Kensington, South Kensington, West Kensington, Yorktown, Ludlow, Brewerytown, Cabot, Cecil B Moore, Sharswood, Strawberry Mansion, and the northern portion of Francisville.

Lower North Philadelphia continues to struggle but there are also many exciting, positive changes taking place. Temple University is the district’s biggest economic engine.  Its rapid expansion, while contributing to the employment base, has also led to conflicts with neighbors over on-street parking, lighting, and the scale of new buildings. Most private sector development has been student housing, generating issues with code enforcement and parking. Vacant properties are numerous and the generally weak housing market reduces prospects for reuse. Community gardens have been successful, but gardening alone cannot address the issue of vacant land.  


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