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Commercial Corridors



The family-owned New Angle Lounge sought ideas for expanding on Lancaster Avenue.

How can innovative design revitalize neighborhood commercial corridors? Infill Philadelphia explored the possibilities of reusing vacant storefronts and remaking streetscapes to revitalize Philadelphia’s commercial corridors. Following decades of decline, neighborhood commercial corridors were reclaiming the national spotlight. A design challenge focusing on three commercial corridors demonstrated how to create new places to shop, dine, and work while preserving the unique fabric and flavor of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. 

Community Design Collaborative
Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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Design Challenge

Options for the corridor revitalization were developed through a creative, interactive process know as a design challenge.  Three design firms worked simultaneously on three, real-life sites in partnership with community-based organizations and property owners. They refined their designs following a mid-review by a jury of experts in design, economic development, finance, and policy and presented final design concepts at a public reveal in 2007. 

Lancaster Avenue – Restaurant Retrofit | CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc.
60th Street – Theater Reuse | Terra Studio, LLC
East Passyunk Avenue – Gateway | Brown & Keener Bressi Urban Design and Place Planning


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