Registration Now Open for a Free Yard Tree: Tacony Tree Giveaway Saturday, October 24th 12PM-2PM Tacony Library

Registration is now open for the Tacony Tree Giveaway.

Help Us Green Our Neighborhood.

Help Us Green Our Neighborhood.

Got a front or back yard in Tacony or thereabouts that’s a little barren? We’ve the solution. A free tree. 

In addition to making the neighborhood more pleasant, trees provide shade in the summer, reducing your cooling bill. In winter, leafless trees allow the sun to warm your house.

The Tacony CDC in conjunction with the Tacony Civic Association, Councilman Henon’s Office, and Free Library of Philadelphia will be giving away FREE yard trees to local residents.

Please review the eligibility guidelines

Trees must be planted in the ground on private property in the 19135 zip code.
– Trees cannot be planted in the sidewalk or in containers.
– Tree recipients must commit to watering, mulching, and caring for their trees.
– TreePhilly will select tree species for each grantee. urban environments, and may include shade trees, small ornamental trees, and/or fruit trees limit one per registrant.

Let’s green up our neighborhood!

You must be able to pick up your tree on October 24th between 12-1:30 at the Tacony Library. If you have not picked up your tree by 1:30 your tree along with any remaining will be given to walk-in tree requests.

Click on this link to register:

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FallFest Rocks with Live Music, Family Fun, Small Business, and an Award for Great Neighborhood Planning

Beautiful weather, strong attendance, and a lot of fun were on tap along Torresdale Ave for FallFest on September 19th.

This year's Fall Fest Rocked

This year’s Fall Fest Rocked

2015 is the third year that Councilman Bobby Henon hosted the Fall Fest event along the 6700 and 6800 blocks of Torresdale Ave. These groups included city departments, business vendors, and community groups shared information and offered giveaways to local residents. Animal Care and Control Team to Independence Blue Cross to Philadelphia’s Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP) office and dozens more.

Mural Arts connected kids to family fun with pumpkin painting.

Mural Arts connected kids to family fun with pumpkin painting.

Small Business Connects to New Customers

One new participant this year was Puddin’s Cake Corner. This bakery will soon be opening at Princeton Ave and Edmund Street–offering Tacony its first bakery in more than 20 years! The Tacony CDC has assisted Puddin’s as it plans for a grand opening within the next few months.


Special cupcakes were on hand for FallFest!

Tacony Recognized as a Great Place in Pennsylvania

The Tacony CDC board president and manager were on hand to receive the presentation of the “Great Places in Pennsylvania” Award for outstanding neighborhood planning. Local planner and APA PA past president Ronald Bednar presented a formal certificate to the CDC at the Tacony Library.


Ronald Bednar of APA-Southeast presents CDC Board President Georgeanne Labovitz and Manager Alex Balloon with a certificate recognizing Tacony for outstanding efforts in neighborhood planning and revitalization.

Look for Winterfest this December to continue the fun!

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Calling Volunteers for Tree Giveaway: Saturday October 24th from 12-2PM at the Tacony Library

The Tacony CDC is currently looking for 5-8 volunteers for our Tree Giveaway on Saturday, October 24th from 12-2PM at the Tacony Library. Below is a description of volunteer tasks that we need your help to complete! This is only a 2 1/2 hour commitment and those who volunteer will be given the option of receiving a free yard tree to be planted in the 19135 zip code.

Help Us Green Our Neighborhood.

Help Us Green Our Neighborhood.

Below is a description of the available volunteer tasks. Please e-mail Alex Balloon, if you are interested in volunteering! We need greeters, runners, registration assistants, and mulch fillers, as well as some volunteer photographers for the event.


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New Available Space in Tacony

Recent commercial turnover has made new space available for new commercial tenants along Torresdale Ave and nearby. This list of available commercial real estate is provided for informational purposes only, and the Tacony CDC does not represent any buyer or seller. This list is from a current survey on 9/1/2015

The following properties are available for commercial lease:


7106 Torresdale Ave available for rent call 267-688-3098


6908-10 Torresdale Ave available for rent call 917-200-8809


6817 Torresdale Ave available for rent call 609-654-7034


6804 Torresdale Ave available for rent call 856-313-8683

The following properties are listed for sale:


4900 Longshore Ave

This magnificent historically certified property was built in the 1890’s and served as a bank building for many years. The building is currently owner occupied on the 1st and 2nd floors and a Boxing Gym occupies the 3rd floor.


7013 Torresdale Ave

Fantastic Opportunity to own this combination property of apartment over commercial. Last used as a funeral home. Property has been utilized and cared for by the same individuals as a Funeral Parlor since 1985. Property features 4, 452 Sq Ft. Lower level consist of large seating area and show room.


6918-20 Torresdale Ave

Entrepreneur and Investor Alert : Tacony is on the Rise : This 4, 000 SF commercial property is a very desirable premium double-wide Mixed-Use Investment Opportunity strategically located on the commercial corridor in the Heart of Tacony. First Floor: Open 2, 000 SF expansive commercial Space 34’x60′ on ground level is offered for sale ‘as is’ in good condition. Tall ceiling, double-wide window display, use of full 2, 000 SF basement and 22’x34′ cement back patio.


7100 Edmund St

Great investment opportunity! Property currently being used as a pizza shop with three fully leased apartments. Highly visible location. New equipment: Wal-in refrigerator, computerized system, surveillance system and ovens. First Floor Pizza shop 15 year lease + $1400/month. Remodeled First Floor Sutdio 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath. All units just completely rehabbed.


7100 Tulip St

90 seat with 40 seating on the lower level and 50 seating on the upper level for full catering and restaurant business. Fully equipped kitchen with 15 floor hood exhaust, fire system, 6 burner commercial stove, stainless steel sinks, walk in refrigerator box. This restaurant was completely renovated in 2008-2009 included new windows, all newer systems.


6928 Torresdale Ave listed for sale by Henry Huang 917-669-8701

6810-6812 Torresdale Ave (photo not available) please call Wu Hua Zhong at 267-267727

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Tacony Recognized as “Great Place in Pennsylvania”

The Tacony Community Development Corporation is proud to receive the “Great Places in Pennsylvania” award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association. Great Places are unique, memorable places that work not only for their community, but as a model others want to emulate – places of exemplary character, quality, planning, identity, cultural interest, and community involvement with a sustainable vision for tomorrow.

The Tacony Community Development Corporation uses a comprehensive approach for commercial corridor revitalization and neighborhood revitalization. These include improving the design and appearance of the neighborhood; promoting our neighborhood as a place to do business, live and invest; organizing our community and working with our partners; and improving the level of economic activity and investment in our community.

“This is a great measure of the continued progress made in Tacony in recent years,” said Councilman Bobby Henon, who represents Tacony in City Council. “It’s a tribute to the hard work of the Tacony Community Development Corporation, Civic Association and the neighbors that are the driving force behind this revitalization.”

Alex Balloon, Corridor Manager for the Tacony CDC, added: “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award. We’ve always known Tacony was a great place and over the past few years key projects, smart neighborhood planning, and strong partnerships have made it even better. We couldn’t have achieved this milestone without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and our project partners. We’re looking ahead to take on even more exciting projects in the near future.”

Torresdale Ave and New Commercial Investment

Over the past three years Torresdale Ave has improved dramatically. Key new businesses have opened and the effective vacancy rate has fallen significantly. New investment and the redevelopment of key buildings along the corridor will welcome even more new businesses. We will soon begin our second phase of storefront renovations this fall to add to our 16 completed storefronts.

The City of Philadelphia Storefront Improvement Program was recently saved to continue the revitalization of the Torresdale Ave Commercial Corridor.

The City of Philadelphia Storefront Improvement Program was recently saved to continue the revitalization of the Torresdale Ave Commercial Corridor.


The Tacony Historical Society completed the recent nominated the Disston Estate section of the neighborhood for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Another key partner is the Civic Association, which encourages resident engagement and helps organize special events such as the Summer Concert Series and Winterfest. Key neighborhood projects and investment have attracted new residential redevelopment projects that are popping up all throughout the neighborhood.


This property on Walker St is just one example of a residential redevelopment project in the Tacony neighborhood. More than 50 properties have been redeveloped as single family homes in the past three years, and investment in accelerating.

 Public Space & Parks

Key public realm improvements added signature parks and a new waterfront Trail, led by the Delaware River City Corporation. The completion of Lardner’s Point Park and the extension of the K&T trail will soon connect the trial circuit in the region.

Major New Projects

Major new projects are set to leverage key investment in the Tacony neighborhood. These include the Tacony Library, SawTown Tavern, Keystone Academy, Tacony Academy, and the Storefront Improvement Program second phase.

Significant Plans

The City of Philadelphia is beginning its Plan2035 comprehensive district plan for the North Delaware area of the city which includes our neighborhood.

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Residential Investment in Tacony Grows: Redevelopment Projects Provide Remodeled Homes to New Homebuyers

by James Onofrio

Homeownership has long been a pillar of stable neighborhoods and goal of neighborhood plans. Besides having it as shelter, owning a home is also an important long-term investment for many Americans, who may sell the house after retirement or leave it as an estate for their children. The homeownership rate in the U.S. has been falling steadily since 2005 and is now back to the rate seen in the 1980s and 1990s – about 63 percent.

Princeton and Cottman

The Tacony neighborhood has many single family homes.

Because of its dual role as shelter and investment, housing and the housing market tell us a lot about the economy, family trends, and what the role and identity of residential neighborhoods is. In this piece, we look at housing sales data for the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia over the past 36 months (Aug. 2012 to Jul. 2015). Historically, Tacony has been a high-homeownership neighborhood with its housing stock of row homes and twin homes, and in 2013 the local homeownership rate was slightly above the national average, at 65.5 percent.

Data was gathered from Zillow on 846 properties with sale information in the public record. For 636 houses, previous sale information was available and recorded. The search area was bounded by Frankford Avenue, Cottman Avenue, Keystone Street and Robbins Street.


One theme that emerged from the sales data was the neighborhood’s relatively low cost of housing. In 846 sales, the median price was about $85,000, or about $70 per square foot. This is compared to a citywide average of $158,000 or $124 per square foot, according to Zillow data. However, Tacony doesn’t exhibit signs of a blighted neighborhood – there are hardly any vacant lots or unsecured houses. The housing market has been active, with 846 of the neighborhood’s roughly 9300 units being sold in the past 36 months.

There are many post-war rowhomes and single-story rowhomes in the area near Vogt Park near Frankfrod Ave.

There are many post-war rowhomes and single-story rowhomes in the area near Vogt Park near Frankfrod Ave.

Some of these sales we classified as “long-term occupants,” homes that were sold by owners who had lived in them for 10 years or more and never went through foreclosure. These are the kind of residents that contribute to neighborhood stability and get the long term, steady growth in value the “American Dream” has advertised. Out of 636 properties with multiple sale information, 277 long-term occupants sold their homes. They had lived in their current home on average for 19 years. This group on average experienced an annual growth in housing value of 3 percent. For example, one house on Tulip Street bought in 1987 for $60,000 was sold in 2015 for $138,000.

Long term occupants of more than 10 years move to new areas as part of the normal churn in the housing market.

Long term occupants of more than 10 years move to new areas as part of the normal churn in the housing market.

Another group of homes were residential remodels (often referred to as “flips”), homes that were bought by someone specializing in home renovation, putting in some improvements and re-selling the house once the work is complete. Activity is growing in this group: there were 60 of these in Tacony in the last 36 months (we defined a flip as a home sold twice in 24 months with a >50% change in sale price). Not all flips were homes sold at foreclosure or sheriff’s sale – 27 of these 60 properties experienced a foreclosure.

Residential redevelopment projects are evenly spread out throughout the neighborhood.

Residential redevelopment projects are evenly spread throughout the neighborhood.

Residents often meet an active “flipping” market with conflicting attitudes. Neighbors sometimes worry about a hot market pushing them out through increased property taxes, or that the character of the neighborhood will change as new residents move in. When it occurs at a reasonable rate, it maintains a rotating supply of newly renovated housing stock, rather than letting houses deteriorate or interior finishes become too out of date. A steady stream of new investment is key to neighborhood revitalization, and is a sign that there are positive expectations for the area’s future. Redevelopers may be trying to get in “ahead of market.”

Flips in Tacony aren’t likely to push anyone out in the near future. Of the 60 we identified in the past 3 years, the median sale price after renovation was $114,000. The data doesn’t show signs of a speculative market, where contractors renovate homes and sell them to people who really can’t afford them, or as investment properties and second homes. However, the apprehension around these conditions is understandable given that the neighborhood is still digging out from the depths of the last recession – which leads us to our second major theme.

Financial crisis aftereffects

The conditions just described affected millions of homeowners across the country  and not just those who bought overpriced renovations. Many workers lost their jobs and were no longer able to make payments on mortgages they signed when they were fully employed. The hot property market in 2005-2008 drove prices above what they should have been in a more rational environment, and even with historically low mortgage interest rates many homebuyers of all income levels ended up defaulting and going through foreclosure.

Those properties purchased in the real-estate run up (many by out of state investors) between 2005-2008 did not enjoy gains in value, while more recent purchases and renovations have offered housing redevelopers profit-taking opportunities.

Those properties purchased in the real-estate run up (many by out of state investors) between 2005-2008 did not enjoy gains in value, while more recent purchases and renovations have offered housing redevelopers profit-taking opportunities.

This chart of the sales we recorded for the last 3 years highlights the effect the mortgage crisis on Tacony. It shows what year the seller purchased their home, and how much money they made (or lost) on the home during their time there. Ideally, homeowners are hitting that ~3 percent yearly growth mentioned earlier, and many of those who bought their homes in the 1970s, 80s and 90s experienced this (see second chart).

But as soon as we look at those who bought their homes during the housing bubble, 2005-08, we see a very different picture. Nearly ten years later, these homebuyers are still struggling to sell their house for as much as they purchased it for – even those who never experienced foreclosure. 2006 was by far the worst year: 45 of the properties sold in the past 3 years were last bought in 2006, and just 6 of them were sold for a profit.

Foreclosures contributed major drag to Tacony's housing market, and as those houses are sold to redevelopers they can be renovated and sold to new homebuyers.

Foreclosures contributed major drag to Tacony’s housing market, and as those houses are sold to redevelopers they can be renovated and sold to new homebuyers.

What started off as a macroeconomic problem of mortgage-backed securities and credit-default swaps quickly became a neighborhood social problem when the foreclosures and evictions started. For many of the people who lost their homes in the past 7 years, Tacony was probably a good fit for them economically as a homebuyer – they just overpaid during a hot market and weren’t able to keep up.

That being said, the “flips” completed in the last 36 months have added about $3.8 million in real estate value neighborhood-wide (the total value of all 846 sales in this study was $73.6 million). Tacony’s housing market is still attracting attention from contractors, and banks are finding qualified candidates for new mortgages at less inflated prices.

This beautifully renovated home on Walker St is just one example of residential redevelopment projects taking place across the Tacony neighborhood.

This beautifully renovated home on Walker St is just one example of residential redevelopment projects taking place across the Tacony neighborhood.

Long-term stability

Despite the bumpy road the housing market has followed over the past few years, the neighborhood seems to be more characterized by those “long-term occupants” we mentioned earlier. Without looking at full property ownership data for the neighborhood, it’s impossible to know for sure what the average tenure is like here, but from recent sales it appears that many people choose Tacony as a community to settle down, find a house to buy, and stay there for many years.

Long term occupants enjoyed on average 3.1% annual price appreciation over the long term.

Long term occupants enjoyed on average 3.1% annual price appreciation over the long term.

If these long-term residents are being replaced with people who have the same intention, maybe the turbulence caused by the financial crisis will give way to a stable market, and community, more reminiscent of the past decades residents are so likely to remember at community meetings. As has been stated, Tacony’s market is ripe for those forming new households and moderate-income homebuyers looking for a stable long-term investment. And attracting these buyers is part of the neighborhood’s revitalization strategy.

According to the American Community Survey, 75 percent of Tacony homeowners pay between $800-1400 per year in property tax. Taking into account monthly mortgage payments and local income, the picture is mixed. 30 percent of mortgage-holders pay less than 20 percent of their income to housing, but for 20 percent housing takes more than half their income. Of those who have stayed long enough to own their home outright (mortgage paid off), 20 percent still have a housing cost burden of greater than 35 percent.

Poor homeowners were unsurprisingly the most burdened. But for owner-occupied houses with incomes above $35,000 a year, just 12 percent of them were considered “housing burdened” – paying more than 30 percent of income to housing. While the debate continues about how to provide more affordable housing around the city, Tacony is an example of a community where even a single-career moderate-income family can find options that meet their budget and family needs.

Neighborhood trends

Location and the physical environment of the surroundings are two primary determinants of housing value. Mapping the sales across the neighborhood and comparing it to the physical environment can give us an idea of what amenities are valued by local homeowners.

The most expensive homes in the neighborhood were found in an area between Tyson and Princeton Avenues, where row homes give way to twins and single houses with more spacious yards and off-street parking. These streets also have much greater tree cover, a value-adder documented in numerous studies of urban real estate.

With large trees and ample yards this recently remodeled home on Princeton Ave commands a price premium.

With large trees and an ample yardsthis recently remodeled home on Princeton Ave commands a price premium.

Accounting for differences in home size, the highest home values per square foot were found adjacent to Vogt Park in the center of the neighborhood, again on relatively tree-lined streets. These lots have the park across the street and sit in between Frankford and Torresdale Avenue commercial corridors and bus routes.

The Princeton and Tyson Ave corridors are home to the most expensive housing sales. These historic homes tend to be on larger lots with porches and front yards.

The Princeton and Tyson Ave corridors are home to the most expensive housing sales. These historic homes tend to be on larger lots with porches and front yards.

Proximity to the Tacony regional rail station didn’t seem to carry a price premium, but there were too few sales in this part of the neighborhood to make an authoritative statement. Many of the homes near the SEPTA stop date from the late 1800s when the Disston Saw Works and Disston family formed the core of the neighborhood’s identity. This estate area is a very small part of the housing stock and it is understandable they did not show up in just 36 months of sale data.

Tacony is unlikely to experience any major changes in its housing stock except through renovation and redevelopment. Prices are too low for new construction to be profitable, while the quality of the existing housing is high enough that buildings won’t be condemned or demolished. The market for residential remodeling is continuing at a steady rate. Further inquiries could determine the average time a renovated home is listed before sale, but right now the market seems to be at a happy medium between profitability for those doing the renovations and affordability for the resulting homebuyers. Like with the long-term occupants, there isn’t a noticeable geographic concentration of “flips.”

This study has shown that there is still an abundance of affordable workforce housing of decent quality in some neighborhoods. Many people do have to drive to work, but there are numerous public transit options both to and from Center City and around Greater Northeast Philly. With continued investment in local retail and institutions such as the Tacony Free Library and Tacony Academy Charter School, the housing market in the neighborhood should enjoy further activity and development.

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Plan 2035 Public Meeting Invites Public Participation to Identify Key Future Projects in Tacony

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission invites the public to share their ideas and views on the future of the North Delaware District of the Philadelphia 2035 Plan. This plan will identify key projects and focus areas to address over the next twenty years in our area.

Key parts of the comprehensive plan highlight Demographics (population growth, age, household type, income, race, unemployment); Environment (pollution, tree coverage, water); Public Health (illness, chronic disease, obesity, smoking. food access); Open Space & Trails; Transportation (commercial corridors, major infrastructure); Zoning; Commercial Corridors & Neighborhood Retail; and Public Spaces, Gateways, and Public Art..

A plan cannot be successful without public involvement, and as the North Delaware District Plan progresses, there are key opportunities for public input and involvement.

Share your thoughts on the future of our neighborhood.

Share your thoughts on the future of our neighborhood.

You can also participate digitally! Share your thoughts and ideas here and learn more about the plan.

On Tuesday evening July 28th, 2015 the North Delaware Steering Committee made up of key stakeholders shared initial thoughts on the analysis of the Planning Commission Staff. The activity identified Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Barriers within the district. There are many exciting projects underway including: the Torresdale Ave Revitalization Project, Library Renovation, Waterfront Trail Expansion, I-95 Reconstruction, and New School Construction in Tacony. We look forward to expanding these opportunities in the District Plan.

Members of the Steering Committee participate in an early planning exercise, led by the Planning Commission.

Members of the Steering Committee participate in an early planning exercise, led by the Planning Commission.

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Fifteenth District Police Look for Ideas, Better Community Ties

by James Onofrio

One of the most difficult and important aspects of community policing is the trust and communication between police and the community they serve. To improve this relationship and get residents’ points of view, police in the city’s 15th District held an open meeting last Tuesday at the McIlvain Rec Center in Frankford.

Tacony Civic Association President Joseph Sannutti asks Captain McCloskey about ways to strengthen police-community partnerships.

Tacony Civic Association President Joseph Sannutti asks Captain McCloskey about ways to strengthen police-community partnerships.

15th District Officer Jacobs, Lieutenant Gordon and District Captain John McCloskey organized the meeting, which was attended by several other PPD officers, and members of the Tacony, Frankford and Mayfair communities. The meeting wasn’t meant to be for specific complaints about problem properties or corner hangouts, but for residents to talk with police about how they could better serve the communities.

One of the biggest complaints from residents was that the flow of information is often very one sided. Residents give info to the police about crimes that have occurred, and then don’t hear anything more from PPD about the status of the investigation. Some of this, the officers said, was intentional – the department doesn’t want to release information they think might help a potential suspect hide or flee.

The officers also cautioned residents that real police work “isn’t like on TV.” Investigations take time to gather information and often face an uphill battle getting info. For the cops’ part, they said it can be hard to let communities know when they need help from the community. PPD and the districts are active and responsive on social media, but that isn’t always the first place people turn to contact them.

The officers and community members agreed that face time and foot presence were the bedrock of police-resident relations. “If you’re patrolling the same street every day and the store owners don’t know your name, there’s something you aren’t doing,” said Lt. Gordon. That being said, the District has limited resources, and over-concentrating presence in one place can leave others vulnerable if an incident were to occur.

The District holds regular community meetings at the service area (PSA) level once a month. Dates can be found on the district’s website, Other meetings such as this brainstorming session in Frankford will also appear on the District’s calendar, and the District can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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Take the Tacony Survey and Help us Plan for the Future

To help us focus our time and energy on the things most important to the Tacony community, we’ve created a short survey asking your thoughts about the neighborhood.  The survey takes about 10 minutes or less to complete, and asks you to agree or disagree with some statements about Tacony and your day-to-day experience here. Your answers will help us better plan for the future.

Take the survey here.

SawTown Tavern is just one of many exciting changes planned for the near future.

SawTown Tavern is just one of many exciting changes planned for the near future.

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Planning Process Underway for City’s “North Delaware” Planning District

By James Onofrio

When you see a group of smartly-dressed people walking the streets with clipboards and folded-up maps, it’s easy to assume they are a team from L&I or the Water Department surveying for violations or want to sign you up for some environmental cause. But in the coming months, the clipboard carriers will probably be surveyors from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC), collecting info about the physical state of Tacony.

As part of the city’s comprehensive Philadelphia2035 planning process, teams from PCPC have to make sure their maps of the neighborhood are accurate. Sometimes an owner converts the first floor of their house into a business, or the other way around; sometimes a storm takes down newly planted street trees or utility wires. Other city agencies don’t always let the Planning Commission know what changes they have made. In order to plan for the future, the planners need to know what’s here in the present.

Since Philadelphia is such a big city and the planning commission has limited employees, they have broken the city up into 17 districts. Tacony falls in the “North Delaware District,” which stretches from Wissinoming up to the Bucks County border, from the Delaware across Frankford Avenue.

On Thursday, we at Tacony CDC had the opportunity to walk the Torresdale Avenue corridor with a PCPC Planner, John Haak. He had a few tasks: mark which commercial buildings were occupied and which were vacant, note any changes in use (such as a ground floor conversion), and make a general assessment about the physical state of the Avenue. Are the sidewalks in good condition? Are people’s lawns kept up? Are building storefronts clean and maintained?

CDC Manager Alex Balloon and Planner John Haak "pound the pavement" on Torresdale Ave

CDC Manager Alex Balloon and Planner John Haak “pound the pavement” on Torresdale Ave

These questions aren’t just bureaucratic checkboxes. Over decades of working with commercial corridors, planners and business owners, local business groups and others have found that keeping the appearance of the street up and maintaining a feeling of safety is one of the best ways to get more businesses into the neighborhood. If people feel it is safe and pleasant to walk around, they will be more likely to shop on the street, driving up sales and leading businesses to expand and hire more staff. This is the core mission of Tacony CDC and many other “Main Street” organizations around Philadelphia and other cities.

By updating their maps, the PCPC hopes to better serve the neighborhood by knowing what kinds of businesses are missing from Torresdale Avenue, where the major commercial intersections are, and if there are any areas in need of serious repair. In the past, Tacony has received “Good” or “Fair” ratings from the PCPC, which means the city basically lets the neighborhood continue on its own without too much interference from the government.

Torresdale Avenue in Tacony is classified as a “Neighborhood Center,” meaning the shops are mostly targeted towards the residents of the neighborhood. Business development mostly focuses on bringing in any types of businesses that are missing, such as a laundromat or a bakery, and making sure there aren’t many vacancies on the corridor.

As the planning process continues, PCPC will hold meetings and outreach events to go beyond the physical conditions into residents’ daily experiences in their neighborhood to create a plan that will guide the city towards better serving the communities of Northeast Philadelphia.

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