Lower South District Plan

At a Glance:

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date: 2012

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: food access, healthcare access, nutrition, active transportation, transit system, physical activity, active transportation

Affected Population: Older Adults, People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Literature review, Primary research, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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As part of Philadelphia’s zoning and planning process, the City Department of Public Health and Planning Commission conducted an HIA to better understand the health implications of implementing three elements of the Lower South District Plan. The Lower South District Plan is one of 18 District Plans that make up the Comprehensive Plan, Philadelphia 2035. The HIA examined changes related to a subway extension to Navy Yard, a separated bike path to Navy Yard, and proposed land use changes along Pattison Avenue and Broad Street.

The HIA summary includes key findings, such as this predicted impact related to the subway extension: “The HIA estimated that 5,770 more transit users would cumulatively spend an additional 109,630 minutes walking each day.”

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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