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About the Philadelphia Neighborhoods Project

The Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Histories, Plans and Futures creates a web presentation of the full content of 86 neighborhood planning surveys prepared and published by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission between 1946 and 1990. These reports contain descriptions of current conditions of housing stock; population trends; property turnover; public transportation; community activity. Recommendations are made for future action.

The project will facilitate university and public research on Philadelphia's architectural and social environment by providing access to a body of material whose content is of current and future interest but whose printed format is ephemeral and subject to physical deterioration and loss.

The reports are a primary resource for the study of how the problems and aspirations of Philadelphia neighborhoods were described during decades of debate about urban renewal in Philadelphia. School of Design faculty have affirmed the survey's continuing relevance to the curriculum of the school. At the same tiime, the initiative aligns with the University's stated commitment to Philadelphia as an urban environment.

The Content of the Reports
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries, in carrying out their mission, supports research, teaching and study. The Libraries facilitate access to a range of information, including historical materials that should be viewed in the context of the time period during which they were produced. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries are not responsible for the observations made or conclusions reached in these reports. Their content does not represent the positions, policies or opinions of the University of Pennsylvania.

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries are indebted to Martin and Margy Meyerson for their support of this site.