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Greening Reading’s Penn Street Corridor

Initiated through the EPA’s Making a Visible Difference in Communities (MVD) program the goal of Greening Reading’s Penn Street Corridor was to develop an innovative and implementable vision for a distinctive and ecologically functional streetscape that incorporates green infrastructure within the context of place. MVD is an initiative focused on providing support to environmentally overburdened, underserved and economically distressed areas where the needs are the greatest.

In coordination with the EPA, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects worked with the City of Reading, the Reading Redevelopment Authority and the citizens of Reading to create an implementable plan for streetscape improvements along Penn Street, Reading’s historic main street. The City of Reading is challenged by high poverty, unemployment and crime rates which impact the vitality of the Penn Street corridor. The Greening Penn Street project seeks to enhance the streetscape to improve environmental quality, make important bicycle connections between the existing bicycle trails along the Schuylkill River and City Park and enrich the pedestrian experience throughout the corridor. A three-day charrette was held to solicit community input into the planned improvements. Physical infrastructure improvements, in combination with pop up events, programmed events, zoning changes and incentives to business will catalyze new businesses in the corridor which will benefit both residents and visitors to the City.

Project Category: Streetscape & Urban Design

Location: Baltimore, MD

Client: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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