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is the Mantua Greenway, a proposed walking and bicycling corridor
along Mantua's northern boundary.
Designed to ignite a sense of neighborhood pride, the Greenway
will beautify the area and connect residents with commercial, cultural,
and recreational destinations. Plans for the 1.5-mile Greenway include
a continuous shared-use path, improved sidewalks, traffic calming,
improved bus stops, and four community spaces along the alignment.
The project is being jointly managed by the Philadelphia City Planning
Commission and the Philadelphia Water Department, emphasizing the
benefits of multidisciplinary collaboration.
Because the Greenway concept grew out of a grassroots neighborhood effort, PCPC and PWD approached the design in a communitycentered manner. The team engaged the community with the Mantua
Greenway Design Month in April 2016, combining standard public
meetings and non-traditional activities over a condensed timeframe.
This approach sustained stakeholder support and momentum, thus
ensuring that both community members and the design team stayed
focused on shared project goals. The process built trust, fostered
neighborhood support, and showed residents that their participation
really makes a difference.

A call to action
So what role do architects play in Complete Streets? For one, architects
and urban designers are taught to think about how people interact with
spaces. As streets are increasingly shaped by multidisciplinary teams
of planning and design professionals, new ways of thinking about the
public realm are required.
Equally important is the design of buildings to properly relate to the
street. The most successful streets feature buildings that are built to the
right of way line and have entrances directly onto the sidewalk rather
than to nearby parking lots. Closely spaced entrances and active displays
encourage window shopping. Generous sidewalks provide opportunities
to sit, meet with friends, and perhaps enjoy coffee.
By effectively designing streets and buildings for people, our communities realize many benefits. ■
Jeff Riegner, PE, AICP is Vice President of Whitman, Requardt & Associates,
LLP. He directs the firm's transportation and urban design efforts in eastern
Pennsylvania and Delaware. A national leader in Complete Streets and
active transportation, Jeff is a steering committee member and workshop
instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Community Build Day along the Mantua Greenway (Photo: Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP)

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Fall 2016

Editors’ Letter
Community
Up Close
Expression
Design Profiles
Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
Streets: They’re Not Just for Cars Any More
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