West Girard Avenue Streetscape Update

West Girard Avenue Streetscape 
$1.2 million project will improve quality of life along West Girard Ave

The West Girard Avenue Streetscape Improvement Program is a 1.2 million dollar investment that involves the installation of 63 pedestrian level lights between 25th and 31st Streets.  This is an effort of the City of Philadelphia in collaboration with groups like Fairmount CDC and the Girard Coalition.  Upon completion, the new lighting will improve the quality of life on West Girard Avenue by:

-Enhancing its image and creating a "Main Street" feel
-Making the area safer and more comfortable, particularly for pedestrians
-Adding visibility for current businesses and providing incentives for new businesses to open
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-August and continue until December 2009.  Please contact Lisa Thompson for more information at .

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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