Newbold Streets (Fig. 1) can be grouped into three major categories: major arteries, minor arteries and alleys. The major arteries are Snyder Street, Passyunk Avenue and Broad Street. These roads are the primary access routes to the study area and for surrounding neighborhoods. Broad is a seven lane state road (Rt. 611) that serves as the site’s eastern boundary. Snyder and Passyunk cut through the southern portion of the study area. Snyder follows the typical Philadelphia grid. Passyunk, a state road, bisects the study area diagonally and through the study area is wide, accomodating two lanes of traffic, two diagonal parking lanes, as well as back up space. the stretch from Passyunk to Broad
is a major passageway for commuters heading to Center City.
Once Passyunk crosses Broad, it becomes East Passyunk and its character changes dramatically. The Avenue narrows to one lane and becomes a one-way minor artery. Minor arteries are defined as the main access routes within a neighborhood. Within the study area, the minor arterial roads are the north-south numbered streets and the east-west named streets. Each road is one lane traveling in one direction. Some of the streets have parking on both sides of the street, but most have parking only on one side.
Newbold is served by three bus lines and the Broad Street subway line (Fig. 2). the #2 bus runs north-south through the site, while the #79 bus and the #29 bus run east-west. Two other bus lines, the #7 and the #17, have routes in close proximity to Newbold and accessible to its residents. There are two SEPTA subway stops within the site: one at Tasker and Broad and the other at Snyder and Broad. Additionally, there is a Greyhound bus to Atlantic City that departs from the southwest corner of Snyder and Broad.
According to the 2000 Census, 35 percent of residents take public transportation to work. City-wide 26 percent of Philadelphians take public transit to work. Fifty-seven percent of residents drive to work, whereas 64 percent of Philadelphians drive to work. These statistics suggest that the residents of Newbold use public transportation slightly more than Philadelphians on the whole.
On major and minor arteries there is parking on both sides of the street, but on alleys only on one side, due to space constraints. Parking on much of West Passyunk is nose-in, made possible by the significant width of that street. There is a practice of double parking on residential streets to accomodate the surplus of cars relative to spaces accompanying units.