Red Zones to Greenspace; Urban Infrastructure Improvement

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February 23, 2013 by Zee

Much like in grade school Red Zone is the area on a map that is circled because it’s a problem, hindering further development.

Forgotten Homestead

We strive to turn the worst areas into ones everyone can enjoy. Through vacant lot renewal we can transform blight into highlights.

By partnering with the existing CSA infrastructure to create gardens, green space and public goods, we turn the worst and the forgotten, into the best to be remembered.

Clyde Murshiel

The people most likely to contribute are also most likely to be community leaders and change agents.

Philadelphia has the potential to contend for accolades for green construction and maintenance, a walkable, bikeable, healthy lifestyle promoting township. We are poised to market ourselves as a national attraction for both our community park system (Fairmount Park) our public art and murals and our community garden system!
Love Park

Physical Infrastructure is a multifaceted issues that includes various qualities including

  • the physical conditions of the buildings measure in ratio of abandonment, condemnation or vacancy.
  • The ratio and physical condition of public infrastructure aspects such as roads,drainage, sewage, parks, mature trees and sidewalks

Pothole City
But also includes

  • zoning; or what is allowed to go where, development plans, surveys, traffic studies etc.
  • and community needs as expressed through different platforms for residents. (including individual feedback, civic groups statements and town hall meetings)

The Physical infrastructure encompasses all aspect of civil engineering and urban planning including

    House Render - Porch - Night

  • housing, especially affordable housing
  • commercial real estate
  • community goods/public space
  • public beautification including landscaping, art installations, murals, playground equipment or assets such as benches, trellis’, gazebos etc.

The book, “New Urbanism” by Andre Dvany and Elizabeth Plaser Zyberk outlines some integral aspects to the city structure necessary to be current today.

A community must have

  • shops; everyday needs should be within walking distance
  • walking paths, biking paths and access to public transit
  • ‘traffic calming’ areas where traffic is streamlined and slowed down
  • personally owned communal spaces such as porches, front yards, and decks that encourage interaction
  • and land use promoted by environmentally respectful standards including drainage, wildlife and local habitats.


City guided improvement of Philadelphia’s physical infrastructure would generate money and employment for the city and the unions in terms of demolition jobs, inspection and surveyor jobs, clear out projects, clean up contracts, renovation and development teams, architectural developments, even extermination!


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