Both the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and MOTU have grand visions for the future of Philadelphia’s streets. MOTU has drafted its Complete Streets Handbook
, which is in public comment period until November and which will help guide roadway development that suits all users. The water department has started on its 25-year, $2 billion Green City, Clean Waters
plan, which will implement green infrastructure to manage the city’s storm water. Both departments want to create ideal streetscapes that serve all users – motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists – and serve multiple functions – in this case, both transportation and storm water management.
“One of our most important [focus areas] and a place where we can have the most impact is our streets in Philadelphia,” said Jessica Brooks, PWD manager of green infrastructure planning.