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Carpenter Green: A Fleeting Opportunity
A decade-long building boom in Southwest Center City (“SWCC”) has claimed almost all the neighborhood’s vacant property. The NW corner of 17th and Carpenter Streets is the last opportunity to create meaningful green space in SWCC.
Passive green space in SWCC is extremely limited and concentrated on the western half of the neighborhood. SWCC stretches from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River (13 blocks wide) and South Street to Washington Avenue (6 blocks long). This area is served by only two green spaces. One of which, Marian Anderson Recreation Center, is dedicated to youth baseball and is not generally open to the public for usage. The combined neighborhoods of Hawthorne, Bella Vista and Queen Village stretch from Broad Street to the Delaware River (13 blocks wide) and Washintgon Avenue to South Street. By comparison, these combined neighborhoods have 10+ passive park spaces in only a slightly larger footprint.
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We Need More Green
The Greenest Neighborhood in the Greenest City
Through the Greenworks program, Mayor Nutter wants to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. The South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) wants to make SWCC the greenest neighborhoodinthecity. The creation of Carpenter Green will help accomplish these ambitious goals. In addition to the economic benefitsdiscussed below, preservation of open space will: help the city manage stormwater (Greenworks target #8) in a neighborhood plagued by basement flooding during heavy rains; increase access to park and recreation resources (Greenworks target #9) in a neighborhood underserved by passive green space; and, increase tree coverage in the city (Greenworks target #11).