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Next City hosts “Crafting Corridors” day of knowledge sharing

February 21, 2013

This past Saturday, Next City brought together practitioners working across the country to improve urban commercial corridors.

The  day-long salon included 10-minute presentations from 19 corridor change-makers, including representatives from local businesses, historic preservation agencies, city departments, private consulting firms, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and the federal government. Presenters shared stories of challenges, successes, and innovation from over 12 cities nationwide.

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Participants were encouraged to tweet live throughout the event, and the whole conversation can be viewed on twitter under the hashtag #urbanstreet and on the @NextCityOrg feed.

The event attracted over 130 people to the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, who enjoyed bagels from Philly’s Metropolitan Bakery, and, once the 5 O’Clock whistle was blown, free beer from Yards Brewing Company.

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Philadelphia LISC was proud to sponsor the event. Innovative ideas were shared, new connections forged, and old relationships strengthened. Here at LISC, we are particularly excited about incorporating some of the ideas and new partners into our future work on neighborhood corridors in Philadelphia.

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Next City is dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in cities and examining why our built environment, economy, society, and culture are changing. Through innovative urban affairs journalism published at nextcity.org and convening events around the country, Next City informs and connects cities and the people working to improve them.

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LISC has a long history of supporting the transformation of commercial corridors in Philadelphia. LISC works with local Community Development Corporations (CDCs) to strengthen their neighborhood markets by providing tools and resources to aid in the development and implementation of comprehensive revitalization plans. The comprehensive plans include strategies and projects directed at improving the conditions along a commercial corridor, including physical, economic, civic, and social conditions.

 

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