Bring Campus to the Street
The streets that pass through Drexel's urbancampus should be places of connection, notdivision. Improving these streets to provide awelcoming accommodation for people walking,using transit, biking, and driving can offerunparalleled access choices that connect theDrexel community to a full spectrum of campusand local destinations as well as to the city andbeyond. These streets can also become Drexel'ssignature version of the campus quadrangle—lined with seating, verdant plantings, and livelyuniversity and retail destinations that reinforcecommunity on campus and knit this communityinto the life of Philadelphia.
Each street around campus plays a unique role, individually and within a group of similar streets, in supporting the urban campus districts described in Principle 1. Every Drexel building and its groundfloor activities will play a critical role in enhancing the character and quality of the streets it faces.
Improve the convenience and safety of walking.
A series of green space, sidewalk, and retail improvements will make walking Drexel's urban campus district a more engaging experience.
Implement Drexel's "Terrace" infill-development strategy.
The Northside Dining Terrace inaugurated Drexel's "Terrace" concept: small-footprint, small-budget development with high positive impacts on streets and services. Soon, the Tutoring Terrace will enliven the 32nd Street Esplanade while adding needed space for specialized student instruction.
Improve transportation choices— walking, biking, transit, car share.
Encourage walking as the most convenient, effective, social, and healthy means of moving about campus. Provide programs and facilities to help make biking a natural choice for convenient, inexpensive transportation. Integrate transit access into university buildings and activities to make it a safer, more appealing option.
Make streets into great public spaces.
Transform Ludlow Street from a service alley into a promenade that links to expanded campus spaces east of the High Line.