The Eastern portion of Washington Avenue is home to many large-scale businesses with big parking lots including several busy Asian grocery stores and restaurants. Due to development pressure for the western portion to put retail and commercial strip developments, the planning commission want to see if there are better solutions. Following reviews with various business groups and city organizations, recommendations might include adding additional public transportation.
The results of the study will help inform the district-level comprehensive plan for Center City. The district-level plans are part of the city's master planning process. The city-wide plan is already in place, and more detailed looks at groups of similar neighborhoods will complete the plan.
Transit-oriented development is development within walking distance of public transportation, so that people who live, work or shop there are mostly coming and going without cars.