PLANNING FOR EAST PARKSIDE

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2021
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Bryn Mawr College. Department of Growth and Structure of Cities
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Planning for East Parkside studies the history of exclusion, neglect and disconnect in the Philadelphia neighborhood of East Parkside and explores how its history shapes contemporary development. An analysis of three recent development plans for the district within which the neighborhood lies demonstrates how East Parkside is often planned for in the context of its large neighboring institutions, including the Philadelphia Zoo, the Please Touch Museum, the Mann, and Fairmount Park as a whole, which reflects and results in the prioritization of these institutions over East Parkside in a way that contributes to further disconnect and isolation. As a result, the very institutions that might serve as amenities to a community end up working against it. However, throughout its history, individualsand communities have created meaningful change through their neighborhood focused work, and it is through this block-by-block method that residents and organization of East Parkside continue to positively impact their community.
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