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At 52nd Street Action Summit, stakeholders decide work plan for a new Corridor Manager

November 1, 2013

The Enterprise Center hosted the 52nd Street Action Summit on Tuesday, October 29th. The goal of the summit was to create a short-term action plan for the soon-to-be-hired 52nd Street Commercial Corridor Manager, who will lead TEC-CDC’s ongoing work on the 52nd Street corridor.

Stakeholders at the summit included community leaders and business owners from 52nd Street and the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as representatives from Philadelphia LISC, Philadelphia Commerce Department, and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s office.

Attendees looked at past revitalization efforts on the corridor, current conditions, and future aspirations before narrowing down a list of goals and action items for the incoming corridor manager.

National planning experts from the RBA Group, Larisa Ortiz Associates, and Karp Resources facilitated lively discussions focused on food as a means to strengthen and enliven the corridor. Using food as a means of revitalization builds on TEC-CDC’s ongoing work with LISC and the Walnut Hill community to create a complete local food system in West Philadelphia and support local food entrepreneurs, such as the development of the Center for Culinary Enterprises and the creation of an urban Community Supported Agriculture program at the Walnut Hill Community Farm.

Philadelphia LISC is excited about the positive conversations started at the summit and looks forward to partnering with The Enterprise Center and others to continue and expand revitalization initiatives along the 52nd Street commercial corridor.

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