Over the past several years, the Tacony CDC has worked
throughout the neighborhood. These efforts, detailed below, have made
a safer, cleaner, more beautiful, and more vibrant neighborhood. Much of the organization’s
efforts are carried out in partnership with the City
of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department.
For more information about any of our programs and services listed below, please contact
Clean and Safe
When we began our efforts to enhance the overall cleanliness of the neighborhood in 2011,
and safety were residents’ top priorities. Over the past five years, we have launched
programs to ensure these concerns are addressed head on. In 2014, we launched our
with Ready, Willing, and Able to clean the
Torresdale corridor twice a week. In addition, we
organize neighborhood-wide volunteer clean-ups. The 15th Police District
and Tacony Town Watch
are active partners in our efforts to maintain a safe neighborhood.
Another substantial part of our work in the neighborhood is to ensure that the right city
agencies know about problems when they occur. We have worked hard to spread information
the city’s 311 program, which
allows residents to report programs as diverse as crumbled
sidewalks, abandoned cars, and building code violations; the more people who are aware of
service, the more eyes on the street we boast. We pay particular attention
standards along Torresdale Avenue, which is the neighborhood’s major traffic
Business safety is also very important. We are partnering with the Commerce Department to
cameras to Tacony’s storefronts and register them with local police. Outreach is an
important component of this work as well, so we have compiled a business security
provides local merchants with tips for improving security.
The majority of our design work targets Torresdale Avenue. This includes providing design
assistance, education and awareness, incentives, and promoting historic preservation.
A volunteer team compiled a set of design
guidelines in 2012, which is used to guide renovation
programs along the corridor. Volunteers provide technical assistance to
property and business
owners, help them to design facade improvements, and connect them to contractors.
Even more recently, we have focused much of our effort on connecting owners to the City’s
Program grants. We help guide applicants through the entire process, from
the initial application through the final project work. We have also worked with the Major
Artery Revitalization Committee to complete two phases of streetscape
of benches, flower planters, decorative crosswalks, and improved curb cuts have made the
neighborhood cleaner, safer, and more environmentally friendly.
We offer a wide variety services to existing and potential business owners. Some of our
such as our 2012 market
study, have the expansion of the corridor in mind. We work to attract
new businesses as well as make it easier and more desirable for existing business owners to
in the neighborhood. The business climate has improved tremendously over the past few years,
are working our hardest to continue this growth.
For existing business owners, we work closely with Philadelphia’s
Office of Business Services to
provide one-on-one assistance. We maintain a property
hotlist of commercial properties available
to lease or purchase, updated quarterly, and provide leasing assistance to tenants and
alike. We connect business owners to small business finance opportunities.
And we take every
effort to highlight the neighborhood’s existing businesses and their successes on our blog,
our conversations with the City, and through our Truly Tacony
series of blog posts.
If you are interested in starting a business in Tacony, please see the Opening a Business page for more information on why and how you would do so.