The Next Great City has jointly created and implemented two ambitious agendas for the City. See the report card below to see Next Great City's achievements to date, and join us as we create our third agenda for the City in Fall 2014/Spring 2015.  Email us to learn more.

2007 Next Great City Recommendations & Achievements


New Zoning Code signed into law on December 22, 2011.


Fairmount Park and Recreation Departments merged to create unified system. New fair and open governance rules put in place.

Replant Neighborhood Trees

Since 2008, 100,000 trees have been planted.


City Council approved a new contract that will replace 300 bus shelters, add 300 more, and guarantee at least $52 million in revenue.

Stop Sewer Backups & Flooding

Green Cities Clean Waters $2 billion investment in green stormwater infrastructure should reduce flooding signficantly.

Reduce Asthma from Dirty Truck exhaust

City has retrofitted its diesel fleet and reduced the size of the City fleet by 542 cars.

Public Waterfronts

Trails and linear parks created and expanded along both Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. Master Plan for the Central Delaware adopted by the Planning Commission in October 2011.

5% Clean,
Local Energy

City purchases and generates 15% of electricity from alternative energy sources.

Clean and
Green Vacant Lots

There are 6,096 lots that are being maintained and almost 3000 have been cleaned and greened since 2008.

Expand and Improve Recycling

Residential recycling rate reached record high of 20% in 2011 from 6% in 2007 with every Philadelphia district diverting more than 14% in 2013.


2011 Next Great City Recommendations & Achievements

Sell or Transfer Publicly-Owned Vacant Lots

Philadelphia Land bank established to speed disposition of vacant land on January 11, 2014.

Make Streets Safe for Walking and Biking

City Council unanimously passed Complete Streets legislation on Dec 6, 2012.

Reuse & Recycle Construction & Food Waste

Bill to recycle construction waste introduced. Private market is encouraging developers to recycle construction waste.

Disclose Energy Costs to Property Buyers

City Council unanimously passed legislation on June 21, 2012, to mandate energy benchmarking and disclosure in large commercial buildings.

Improve Access
to Fresh, Local Food

100 new markets, gardens and farms added. Regulations for farmers markets simplified.


Meet the 2015 Coalition