For many Chinatown residents, the time had come to see plans for a safer future.
The DVRPC — which is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization that serves Philadelphia and four other Pennsylvania counties and four counties in New Jersey — held the event to receive feedback from community members on its Reviving Vine initiative. The organization seeks to “mitigate speeding” and “develop recommendations to facilitate safe transportation for all modes and users while supporting a vibrant community” along Vine Street near Interstate-676.
“Vine Street serves a variety of users,” DVRPC Executive Director Barry Seymour said. “In some levels, it’s a local road going through the Chinatown neighborhood, but it’s also part of a much larger system. You have people that are coming in through that route to work in the area. You have people that use it as part of the general circulation crosstown. So it’s serving a variety of users, but we wanted to kind of start with the community folks who are on the ground and are really most affected by the