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APA Awards Philadelphia’s University City District

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice

Realizing the Potential of The Porch: A Case Study in Data-Driven Placemaking

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Summary of the data collected in the six month hourly census of Porch users

Philadelphia’s University City District (UCD) created The Porch at 30th Street Station, a new public space located directly at Amtrak’s doorstep. Applying its signature place-based, data-driven, “iterative placemaking” approach, UCD was able to capitalize upon a stretch of newly created sidewalk by PennDOT after removing 33 parking spaces. The Porch offers pedestrians a dedicated area to sit, stroll, socialize or enjoy the views of the Schuylkill River and Center City skyline. Interface Studio analyzed the data to create a case-study of best practices in data-driven placemaking.

Image: Summary of the data collected in the six month hourly census of Porch users.


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