Powelton Neighborhood Plan unveiled to some skepticism

University City Review: Powelton Neighborhood Plan unveiled to some skepticism

The fifty or so Powelton residents who gathered at the Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave, last Tuesday, September 22nd, voiced support for the Powelton Village Neighborhood Plan. But many also seemed skeptical about its ultimate effectiveness when implemented.

Comments from Powelton residents ranged from complaints over how Drexel students have ruined the neighborhood’s housing, to disbelief that the retail corridor along Lancaster Ave would ever improve to suggestions on how to make the plan more successful.

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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