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Community Revitalization

The region's long-range plan, Connections, targets the region's core cities and older suburbs for renewal and revitalization. Many of these communities are thriving, offer diverse housing options, provide walking and bicycle trails, are accessible to transit, and evoke a strong sense of neighborly identity. Through various programs, DVRPC provides various tools for individual municipalities to invest in smart development and reinvest.

Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

TCDI provides grant funding for projects that focus on linking land use and transportation planning by:

  • Improving the overall character and quality of life;
  • Enhancing the existing transportation infrastructure capacity;
  • Promoting and encouraging the use of transit, bike, and pedestrian transportation modes;
  • Building capacity in our older suburbs and neighborhoods;
  • Reinforcing and implementing improvements in designated Centers; and
  • Protecting our environment.

Revitalizing Older Suburban Retail Districts

DVRPC's most recent report on older communities highlights elements commonly found among 71 successful suburban retail districts. Outlined are short-and long-term strategies to help local officials revive older districts to further their economic development goals. Data is available for viewing through the webmap.

Breaking Ground Conferences

Breaking Ground is a conference series that DVRPC holds every few years to highlight plan and project implementation throughout the region. The most recent conference was held in 2018; presentations and proceedings are available.

Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia

Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia (CTGP) was a community branding and program that promoted the assets of living in the region's older communities and neighborhoods.

Brownfields / Greyfields

Connections 2045 prioritizes the reuse and cleanup of underutilized land in the region’s older suburbs and communities. Brownfields and greyfields offer communities the opportunity to diversify their economy and housing options.

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