The figure ground diagram (Fig. 1) depicts the study area as a densely urbanized area laid out on a regular grid. the area has three open spaces: in the northwest at St. Thomas Aquinas, in the southeast at Guerin Recreation Center, and in the northeast at DiSilvestro Recreation Center. Passyunk avenue slices through the grid diagonally, intersecting Snyder avenue at the heart of the neighborhood. Like the rest of the city, the blocks are oriented on a northeast-southwest axis that opens the neighborhood to views of Philadelphia’s skyline and reinforce a sense of visual proximity to Center City.
Landmarks include St. Agnes Medical Center at the intersection of Passyunk and Broad as well as the churches and recreation centers throughout.
EXISTING LAND USE
The existing land use map (Fig. 2) indicates the uses currently occupying the buildings in the study area dominated by residential blocks, but including corner stores and three major commercial corridors. The concentration of red buildings on Passyunk and Snyder denotes a commercial area. In addition to this commercial area, there are many corner stores sprinkled throughout the study area. Residences (indicated in yellow) are located on the smaller streets within the study area. the larger blue buildings are institutions, both public and private. the purple block indicates industrial use, which is an auto repair sector.
The zoning map (Fig. 3) shows that the study area is predominantly zoned for residential uses with allowances for corner commercial activities, and arterial commercial zones. There are also a few pockets of industrial zones on the west and an area zoned for green space on the south. The land use map mostly adheres to the zoning, though no green space exists there at this time.