April 29: Placemaking: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors in Philadelphia


Join the Planning and Community Development Department at Temple University and its partners for a full day of learning and engagement on placemaking strategies used to revitalize commercial corridors in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.  The morning public lecture is free and open to the public.  The afternoon design workshop is limited to 25 Temple University students.

Morning Public Lecture 9:00-Noon

Learn successful placemaking strategies that have turned commercial corridors into lively public places. Philadelphia community leaders will share their stories on how they have incorporated arts, market spaces, cultural resources, and green spaces to activate and revitalize commercial corridors. Coffee and donuts will be served.

8:30-9:00 Refreshments and Registration


Jeff Barg – Associate Director of Planning and External Policy Relations, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: “Discovering Placemaking Opportunities: The Short History and Long Future of Pop Ups in Philly”


Angel Rodriguez –  Vice President Community Economic Development, Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha:“Placemaking and Community Economic Development on Germantown Avenue”

Sam Sherman – Executive Director, Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation: “Neighborhood Commercial Corridors: Urban Assets in the 21st Century Economy”

Kira Strong – Vice President, Community & Economic Development, People’s Emergency Center: “Revitalizing Lancaster Avenue”

Ernel Martinez and Keir Johnston  – Amber Art & Design: “A Canvas for Renewal”

Afternoon Design Workshop for Temple University Students
Noon – 3:00

Directly following the morning lecture students will take a guided tour of Germantown Avenue (between Berks and Susquehanna) and then work in teams to create conceptual plans to activate and revitalize Germantown Avenue through placemaking.  Neighborhood residents will serve as a jury to select the plan they like best.  Lunch will be provided.  To be eligible to participate in the workshop students must have a valid Temple University ID and register for both the morning public lecture and afternoon design workshop.  Limited to 25 students.

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Hosted by the Department of Planning & Community Development.  Learn more about the department here.

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