Much is happening, but I haven't heard any succinct plans for the future.
South Philadelphia is bustling with activity, Northern liberties are growing fast, but outside of University based initiatives, west Philadelphia seems to grow at a slower rate than the rest of philly. The 'plan-philly' plan for walnut hill hasn't been updated or had anything realized since 2007. However, new parks and business are popping up in every other part of the city, but west philadelphia.
We have had the Croyden decaying for years, West Philly High is closing down, and the windmeyer lot is sitting without any open discussion for development. Baltimore ave has a lot of activity, but it cannot be the only nucleus of west Philly activity. Like Northern liberties, west philly needs business in more than one territory to realize its potential.
Are the old and entrenched community boards the problem? Is the lack of commercial zoning the problem? Do businesses just see west philly as a dead end?
Some things are sprouting up, but it seems far a few in between.
Is this just the reality of a post recession?
Where are the music venues? Where are the young people doing young people things? Where is the most beautiful part of philly going in your mind?