Commercial Corridor Policy Agenda
In collaboration with PACDC’s Commercial Corridor Working Group, a gathering of twenty member organizations that work on-the-ground to strengthen small businesses and neighborhood shopping districts, we released this Policy Agenda in the spring of 2017.
Neighborhood commercial corridors are the economic veins of our City. They provide jobs and offer residents local access to needed goods and services. When safe, clean and vibrant, they attract new residents to the surrounding residential area, which can lead to revitalization of the entire neighborhood. In fact, research shows that commercial corridors that are in “good” or “excellent” condition increase home values by 36% within ¼ mile, but poor condition corridors decrease surrounding home values.
Through federal, state and local funds, the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce has invested in programs that have made a significant positive impact on our corridors. PACDC and its Commercial Corridor Working Group (CCWG) calls on City Council and the Kenney Administration to boost investment in programs that have been effective, and implement other policies that can help create more supportive environments for corridor-based small businesses.
Make Corridors Clean, Safe, and Attractive
Corridors that are safe, free of litter, and feature quality signage, landscaping and good property conditions attract foot traffic as well as business location and expansion.
Support Neighborhood-Based Small Businesses
Small businesses on our neighborhood corridors provide the goods and services that encourage residents to shop local, creating jobs and generating tax revenue.
These recommendations will create a better atmosphere for small business investment and growth.
Strengthen CDC Capacity for Economic Development
CDCs are on the front lines of supporting our neighborhood corridors. Corridor Managers facilitate physical improvements, connect small businesses with resources and programs, market the corridors to attract shoppers and more businesses, engage the community, oversee cleaning programs, and more.
Resources for these programs are very limited, and have not increased with inflation. Boosting support for CDCs and their economic development activity will strengthen corridors and surrounding neighborhoods.
Improve Communication & Coordination Between City Agencies on Corridors
Many City agencies regularly work on our neighborhood corridors, but they’re not always as coordinated with each other, with merchant’s associations, or with CDCs as they could be. These ideas will help create stronger communication and coordination, avoiding frustration, saving time, and strengthening confidence in local government.
Members of PACDC’s Commercial Corridor Working Group
- Chestnut Hill CDC & BID
- Community Design Collaborative
- East Falls Development Corporation
- Fairmount CDC
- Frankfort CDC
- Germantown United CDC
- Impact Services Corporation
- Mayfair CDC & BID
- New Kensington CDC
- North 5th Street Revitalization Project
- Old City District
- People’s Emergency Center
- Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
- Philadelphia LISC
- South Street Head House District
- Tacony CDC
- The Enterprise Center
- The Village of Arts & Humanities
Other Endorsing PACDC Members
- Nicetown CDC
- Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation
- Southwest CDC
- Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation