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June 27, 2013

Baltimore Crossing In Cedar Park Debuts, Joining The Ever-Growing Family Of Pedestrian-Friendly Public Spaces In West Philadelphia

Baltimore Crossing is one of the latest developments in UCD. (Photo courtesy University City District)

Thanks to a brand-new public space in Cedar Park, the West Philly neighborhood is now even more pedestrian friendly.

The recently introduced Baltimore Crossing joins University City District’s ever-developing family of public spaces and places.

In just the past few years, the region has also seen the development of dynamic community-driven meeting places like The Porch at 30th Street Station, Woodland Green and four area parklets, which are landscaped temporary seating platforms.

At the five-way intersection of 48th Street, Baltimore Avenue and Florence Avenue, now pedestrians no longer need to practice their jaywalking or fear speeding traffic.

Instead, the new streetscape reduces the crossing distance by nearly half and provides safe crossing with the addition of traffic-slowing painted bump-outs, landscaped buffers and a new crosswalk from the Gold Standard Cafe to the Calvary Center for Culture and Community.

A project that began in 2011, University City District worked with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department and the community to overhaul the once-dicey intersection into walkable and bikable junction.

Baltimore Crossing [University City District]

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