Friends of 40th Street Update

Created in May 2004, the Friends of 40th Street is a coalition that works to celebrate, promote and enhance the communities around 40th Street, a key commercial corridor that links residential neighborhoods and institutional campuses.  Comprised of residents, community-based organizations, businesses, and anchor institutions, the Friends uses Planning Principles written by community members and facilitated civic engagement to promote trust and a shared vision for the future of this diverse neighborhood.  The Friends’ public meetings provide a regular inclusive forum for open conversation about community-based issues.

Through the summer of 2011 the group hosted a series of public meetings where the community came together to discuss the design and character of development along the 40th Street corridor. These meetings encouraged local stakeholder involvement in the identification of characteristics that may influence the success of a mixed-use retail and residential corridor along 40th Street. The meetings were completed in June 2011 and the feedback from meeting participants can be reviewed here.  
Friends 2011 Forum
We have compiled all of the information about this project into one area of this website — 2011 40th Street Forums, accessible here or from the sidebar on the left side of this page.  In addition to these digital materials, a resource binder with printed information about the project has been delivered to a variety of public locations along the corridor. The locations include:  Walnut Street West Library, Durham Library and at the offices of the University City District, People’s Emergency Center, Partnership CDC, The Enterprise Center, and Elwyn.
Come out and participate in the next meeting!friends of 40th
Monday August 1, 2011
6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
The Rotund
4014 Walnut Street
Great things are happening in West Philadelphia! Come hear about what is going and what is being planned.
Agenda Highlights include:
  • Information on the brand new  public computer labs in the area! Free computer access and training available right in the neighborhood. 
  • How the Welcoming Center can help your business! Excellent resources available for new and existing businesses.   
Bring your neighborhood or organizational updates and announcements to share.   All community members and business owners are encouraged to attend our meeting!  

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