Neighbors, EPX is seeking your involvement and support in an exciting and ongoing project that we are undertaking in partnership with the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and a local city planning and consulting firm called Planning Collective to “Reclaim Concrete” at the intersection of Passyunk, 12th and Morris. Currently a confusing and somewhat chaotic intersection, the idea is to convert unused portions of the intersection into more attractive pedestrian space, while simultaneously making it easier for motorists to navigate.

Some of you may already be familiar with ‘Reclaim Concrete’ from last week’s Flavors of the Avenue festival, where Planning Collective members were out meeting neighbors, gathering early feedback, and sharing success stories from other cities that have re-imagined similar intersections. Once grant money is in hand, Planning Collective will facilitate a community design process to determine how to program the space and what elements the neighborhood would most like to see.

Before that happens, we need to win the grant, and this is where you come in. We are seeking $50,000 for the project through Pepsi’s online grant program Refresh Everything. Pepsi is giving away a total of $20 million in 2010 to good ideas through the voter-driven program. Each month, money is awarded based on public online voting open to all U.S. residents. Voting for the East Passyunk Avenue project starts May 1st and U.S. residents can vote once a day through May 31 here. Our idea must be within the top 10 in the $50k category to receive the grant.

There is a short video about the project on Planning Collective’s website which you can watch here. We’ll be in touch throughout the month of May with occasional updates, and Planning Collective staff will be attending our meeting this Monday 5/3 to answer questions to briefly explain the project concept, answer any questions you may have, and explain the ways you can help get the vote out. We hope you’re excited to imagine the possibilities at this intersection and help us win this necessary funding.

Happy Voting!

Come out and help us plan for our free library’s future at the “Libraries of the Future” Public Forum on Thursday, May 20th, 6:15-8:30 at Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., 19148.  

You are invited to share your ideas and discuss a variety of subjects, such as how you use your library today, how these services can be improved and what your vision is for the future of the 54 branch Free Library system. 

These fun and friendly forums will be led by Jennifer Livingston Huber, organizational facilitator and founder of Shift LLC. Ms. Huber has assisted many local and national businesses and non-profits reach their goals by engaging audiences in focused conversation. “Participants will get to envision their ideal library and work together to create an actual image of their vision,” said Huber.

“Our goal is to provide a positive and productive environment in which we can converse with our neighbors and turn the page on the public’s view of library services,” said Amy Dougherty, Director of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  “By taking an active and progressive part in planning for the Free Library system’s future, the public-at-large, along with our Friends Groups, become crucial participants in its future.”

For more information call 215-567-4562 or go to our website: www.libraryfriends.info

There being NO new zoning matters this month’s meeting has been canceled.
The April EPX Zoning/Planning Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 28th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

The meeting will be held in the LIBRARY OF NEUMANN-GORETTI HIGH SCHOOL! 11th & Moore Streets!

Have any questions or want to get involved? Email us at contact @ zoning@epcrossing.org

The Board of Directors of EPX are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for you to help transform the intersection of Passyunk, 12th, and Morris into a safer and more pedestrian-friendly space along bustling East Passyunk Avenue.

Planning Collective, LLC, a local planning and consulting firm, is hoping to secure $50,000 through the Pepsi Refresh Project to fund a community-driven design process and complete installation of a one-of-a-kind gathering space. But they need your ideas and your votes to make it happen!

Representatives from Planning Collective, LLC, will be on hand at Flavors of the Avenue this Saturday to share their ideas for how to ‘reclaim concrete’ at this busy crossroads and hope that you’ll stop by to share your ideas for ways to design and fill the space.

So, please take the time to stop by, introduce yourselves, and speak with them about this unique project, and learn how you can vote during the month of May to ensure we, the stakeholders: the neighbors, businesses and city agencies secure the necessary funding.

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The Zoning Code Commission will host four community-based meetings over the next two weeks. These meetings will be held to share information on “Module 1 – Administration and Procedures” of the proposed new zoning code, and to gain feedback. We invite you to attend one of these meetings (dates and locations are listed below).

You can read a copy of Module 1 at www.zoningmatters.org.

You can also take a new survey about some of the key draft changes outlined in Module 1. Just click the following link to take this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCC_Module1

Please share this information. Thank you.

COMMUNITY MEETING DATE & LOCATION CLOSEST TO EPX:

Thursday, March 4 2010
Fels Community Center
2407 S. Broad Street, 19148
6:00pm to 8:00pm

AGENDA (same for all meetings):
Summary of work to date
Proposed administrative and procedural changes
Opportunities for public input
Next steps

Please attend the meeting that is the most convenient for you. No RSVP required.

In the event of a snow emergency, the meetings will be rescheduled if the School District of Philadelphia closes.

For more information, go to www.zoningmatters.org