Meet the NEXT Flight 2022
Meet the ULI Philadelphia NEXT Flight 2022 cohort.
ULI Philadelphia is recruiting 8-10 members to serve on a two-day Technical Assistance Panel (TAP), November 3-4, 2022.
ULI Philadelphia is recruiting 8-10 members to serve on a two-day Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) that will provide Eastwick United strategies for how to finance and build equitable housing solutions for residents affected by climate injustices in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Eastwick is a predominantly African American community plagued by an array of environmental injustices resulting from the failed implementation of the largest Urban Renewal program in US history during the 1950’s which, in its aftermath left scars of segregation, environmental contamination, repetitive catastrophic flooding, sinking homes and a field of weeds. The climate crisis will accelerate and amplify Eastwick’s issues. As the city’s lowest-lying neighborhood, rising sea levels will subject Eastwick to more regular flooding, including the inundation of certain areas. Furthermore, more frequent, and intense rainfalls will increase the severity of flooding events.
The proposed Eastwick Resilience Plan is a conceptual plan that integrates the swap of a large tracts of vacant city owned property located on higher elevations within Eastwick in exchange for flood prone and sinking homes built in the late 1960’s through the early 1970’s that placed approximately 600 residents in harm’s way. It also includes the conversion of the previously occupied properties into wetlands and open recreational areas to create carbon neutral canopies that will provide a protective barrier to offset the carbon footprint created by excessive noise and pollution caused by the frequency of airplanes and automobiles traversing over and through the community.
This TAP will be co-sponsored by Eastwick United and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability. Its results will be part of a national body of work through ULI’s Resilient Land Use Cohort.