PHILADELPHIA: CHESTNUT STREET TRANSIT MALL

A good example of a successful experiment in restricting streets to pedestrians and buses in Philadelphia's Chestnut Street Transitway. The sidewalks of this main shopping district were widened, street furniture was added, and the federal government financed most of it. The idea for the transitway had been presented in the late 50"s but was not implemented until 1975, being encouraged by the success of other malls. The project is not without its flaws, however. The brick paving was rushed because of time constraints, and this resulted in poor workmanship. There is a definite lack of seating, the result of a desire to discourage loitering. Despite these drawbacks, however, the system works. Business has prospered, and pedestrian traffic has increased. The true tests will come now that the Bicentennial has passed, of course. What is most important, however, is that the city of Philadelphia actually did something for the cause of urban planning.

  • Corporate Authors:

    RC Publications, Incorporated

    19 West 44th Street
    New York, NY  USA  10036
  • Authors:
    • Winkleman, M
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 22-23
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM