Trends In Urban University Revitalization

Urban universities are using the West Philadelphia University Initiative as a model for how to turn their own neighborhoods around.
February 11, 2002, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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In the mid-1990s, when urban problems were emerging in West Philadelphia, University President Judith Rodin took stock of the two places she loved—her hometown, West Philadelphia, and her alma mater, Penn—and bonded the two through an impressive set of initiatives.Now, six years after Penn refocused its attention on the neighborhood and four years after the official launch of the West Philadelphia Initiative, the Current takes a look at Penn’s investments and how the neighborhood has changed... Penn and West Philadelphia have engaged in a mission to rebuild. The initiative includes a five-part plan to ensure safer and cleaner streets, attract retail amenities, support local businesses, encourage home ownership and improve public education."

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Published on Sunday, February 10, 2002 in Pew Center For Civic Journalism
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