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© 2019  Philadelphia City Planning Commission 

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upper north

The Upper North District Plan was adopted by PCPC on November 15, 2016.


Upper North Philadelphia sits at the far northern end of Broad Street. Olney Transportation Center anchors the district’s transportation and employment center surrounding the intersection of Broad Street and Olney Avenue. Top planning issues include:

  • Taking advantage of strong transit links to the metropolitan center

  • Redeveloping the Logan triangle with building forms and uses that complement the surrounding blocks

  • Preserving historically significant structures and neighborhoods

  • Supporting vital business corridors on Broad Street, Ogontz Avenue, Wadsworth Avenue, and North 5th Street.

  • Coordinating the future development of Einstein Hospital and La Salle University with community needs

  • Enhancing major gateways into the City from the north

  • Planning for upkeep and improvement in Tacony Creek Park and the watershed parks of the historic Wingohocking Creek valley

West Park District Map

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Broad and Olney Focus Area

The Upper North's transportation and employment hub at Broad Street and Olney Avenue is a Focus Area in the District Plan. The Plan recommends public investments including road safety improvements, better walk-up access to Olney Transportation Center, and new open space to support businesses. These changes will set the stage for private investment in housing and bolster the location advantages for major institutions. 

Logan Triangle Redevelopment

One of the City's largest concentrations of vacant land is the 48-acre Logan redevelopment area, commonly known as the Logan Triangle. The site presents a multitude of challenges and opportunities. City Planning has been working with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and its selected developer to meet the goals outlined in the Plan: design that respects the neighborhood context, on-site stormwater management, and improved mobility through the site.

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.

contact the district planner

Ian Hegarty, AICP