The South District Plan was adopted by PCPC on June 9, 2015.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
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.
STH 31: Bring Parks and Recreation facilities to a state of good repair
In 2018, Vare Recreation Center was selected to be the first project to receive investment through Rebuild. PPR staff, PWD staff, Trust for Public Land and Councilman Johnson’s office have collaborated on a new greening master plan for Lanier Playground in the Grays Ferry neighborhood. Work is currently on-going. Funding for the new Columbus Square Park was secured in September 2015, and work has begun as of 2016. Tolentine Recreation Center is now under the management of PPR. Updates to Wharton Square, Smith Playground and Stinger Square began in 2016.
STH 19: Reconfigure the headhouses at Broad & Oregon, and make the entrances more visible and pedestrian friendly.
Implementation partners OTiS and SEPTA have secured a Transit Center grant to improve transit and transit access along Oregon Avenue. Transit Center is looking at a number of intersections along the corridor, including Broad & Oregon, to potentially pilot new solutions for making transit more convenient and easier to use. A finalized report is expected later this year.
STH 43: Preserve and market abandoned art deco and moderne industrial buildings for reuse.
Bok Vocational School has been bought by Scout LTD and is currently being reused and marketed as unique space for artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs. They were also awarded a Knight Cities grant to transform the vacant space along the perimeter of the west side of the former school.
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.