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© 2019  Philadelphia City Planning Commission 

1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor | 215-683-4615 | planning[at]phila.gov

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The University Southwest District Plan

was adopted by PCPC on June 11, 2013.

University Southwest District Planner: 

Nicole Ozdemir | 215-683-4659



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South District is one of the oldest districts in the city of Philadelphia. From its original settlement by the Leni Lenape Indians to subsequent waves of immigrants, the South District is now home to diverse clusters of neighborhoods and people. Primarily residential in character, South Philadelphia is also host to many of the trendiest places in the city to dine and shop. The district is well served by transit and its narrow one-way streets are quaint and walkable in scale. Issues in the district include increasing development pressure, a lack of available land for open space and other desirable amenities, and challenges that accompany rapidly changing populations. With its wealth of infrastructure and convenient location, South Philadelphia is well poised for its future as a dynamic and thriving urban district.

Implementation PROGRESS

District Plans include a wide range of recommendations. Some can be acted upon quickly, while others require additional resources or policy changes, or further planning.