Thursday, August 1, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street
Southwest Philadelphia teeters on the precipice of significant change. The Schuylkill River Trail will shortly connect Southwest directly to center city; PIDC will soon ignite transformation of the industrial swath south of Grays Ferry; and University City will continue to expand and flourish. Not only are these developments radiating growth outwards but in Southwest Philadelphia one may find all the ingredients that make contemporary urban life so appealing—an extensive transit network, lively commercial corridors, distinctive historic and cultural anchors, access to the waterfront, and perhaps most attractive of all—affordable housing. Investment, revitalization, and enhanced connectivity are all good things but maintaining affordability for the city’s most vulnerable residents has never been more pressing as highlighted by the city’s recently released Housing Action Plan and illustrated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s years-long waiting list. Bartram Village is PHA’s largest public housing site in Southwest Philadelphia. It occupies 22 beautiful acres near the riverfront and is the focus of a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant. Now halfway through the planning process, Bartram Choice is exploring ways to position residents to take part in these positive developments and not just become recipients of new shelter. Bartram Choice seeks to restore health, leverage the uniqueness of the neighborhood, find strength in the area’s diversity, and build wealth. Please join us for this important conversation about maintaining housing affordability for all Philadelphians while enabling the city’s most vulnerable to take part in and benefit from its growth.
Woo Kim, AICP, LEED AP, PP | Principal, WRT
Kyle Flood, AICP | Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. Philadelphia Housing Authority