Knight Foundation and South Street Headhouse District
Our urban main streets face unprecedented economic and social challenges, from the urgent call for racial justice in public space to the recovery of small retail businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Against this backdrop, THINK.urban, Connect the Dots, and Stae were awarded one of seven of the Knight Foundation’s Data For Civic Engagement grants to take on the challenges faced by main street as part of a new public realm vision plan for the South Street Headhouse District in Philadelphia, PA. Our project “Edit the City!” engages and enables small business owners and neighborhood residents to provide input on alterations to the public realm and co-create a vision for the future of the street. South Street is a
preeminent main street within Philadelphia that is known the world over.
Thus far, the team has engaged in the ‘Tune In’ stage of the project, involving background analysis, data mapping, creative focus groups with a representative segment of residents, landowners and business owners, and are in the process of creating a steering group for the project.
Next, the team will facilitate a stakeholder-led process of community data collection, crowdsourced project ideation, and participatory small-scale “edits” to the public realm – focused on pedestrianization of South Street. The intervention will focused on exploring ideas such as pedestrianization, Covid-safety, and anti-racist solidarity.