Shifting the Public Realm from Streets to Plaza
AN EXHIBITION OF THE ONGOING DESIGN EFFORTS TO TURN AN UNDERUSED PORTION OF GRAYS FERRY AVENUE AT SOUTH STREET INTO A PUBLIC PLAZA THAT PROVIDES A PUBLIC REALM THAT SERVES THE COMMUNITY.
In May, 2014, after years of community planning and strategic visioning, an under-utilized section of Grays Ferry Avenue was closed to traffic under a six month pilot program by the Streets Department. Temporary measures, using funding raised in the community, were put in place to create an outdoor space. With extensive community stewardship and seasonal programming it has already become an indispensable part of the community. In November, 2014 it was awarded a three year permit under Philadelphia's new pedestrian plaza law. As the site sits at the commercial hub of Southwest Center City, at a verge of diverse neighborhoods, it has the potential to become a significant urban public place that represents the aspirations of the residents.