This compelling idea has the power to make people take risk, imagining possibilities for the city that traditional planning might have forced us to leave behind. Issues were addressed from various spectrums of industry, livability, connectivity, growth, education, and employment. Two of the most impressive studies involved the planning of a Frequent Rapid Access Network (FRANK) comprised of a light rail system connecting all major transportation systems to newly formed Metro Centers spread throughout the city forming downtown business centers for 8 designated regions in the city; Southwest, Stadiums, 52nd St, Germantown, Erie, Aramingo, Frankford, and the Northeast. The FRANK light rail lines will be; Loop Line, Roosevelt Line, Germantown Line, Park Line, washington Line, and the Airport Line. The Metro Center would geographically diversify Philadelphia's economy. They are instrumental in fostering a new creative, energetic, and competitive economy. Metro Centers are high-density, high-activity, mixed used places that provide a broad array of services, resources, and opportunities. A cluster of predominately eight-to-ten story buildings centered around a key intersection, a Metro Center brings together, residential, retail and office uses, education, entertainment, open space, and rapid transit access. Take a look at the links below to read more about this exciting vision for our future Global City!
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Philadelphia 2040: A New Kind of Global City
Philadelphia 2040: Neighborhood Choice
Philadelphia 2040: A Green + Mobile City