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Food Access

Selecting sites with the potential to provide food access in underserved neighborhoods.

How can innovative design improve food access in urban neighborhoods? Infill Philadelphia explored opportunities for creating access to fresh, nutritious food in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods by reusing vacant stores, warehouses, and land. A design challenge focusing on sites in three local “food deserts” demonstrated how infill development could enhance food access and provide space for community wellness programs.

Community Design Collaborative
Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative
The Reinvestment Fund 
The Food Trust

 Download our publication to learn more about the findings and designs. 

Design Challenge

Options for the reuse of a vacant corner store, warehouse, and lot 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, wellness, and food retail and presented final design concepts at a public reveal in 2008. 

Weavers Way Storefront Reuse| Agoos/Lovera Architects
Chester’s Community Grocery Co-op Warehouse Conversion | KSS Architects
Girard Avenue Urban Supermarket | Interface Studio Architects


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