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Urban Planet: Philadelphia’s Washington Avenue

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Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

Philadelphia’s Washington Avenue has traditionally been an industrial space. Home to warehouses, wholesalers and showrooms, the Avenue is about to undergo a transition to a mixed use future and this has many residents worried. The City’s planning commission is considering labeling the Avenue as a Design Hub. Current residents fear that the mixed use designation will increase conflict with residential neighbours. But as Allyn Gaestel at the Next American City points out, other neighbourhoods that have undergone this transition (such as Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighbourhood) could provide useful guidance.

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