Safe Streets & Commercial Corridors

Chair: Members: Rich Guffanti, Jon Potter, Eric Santoro, Evan Johnstone Mandate/Ideas: We are working toward a safer neighborhood by strengthening relationships with the Philadelphia Police Department, University City District Safety Ambassadors, security forces at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, plus local Town Watch organizations. 

  • Stop signs or speed bumps at T-intersections on residential blocks
  • General safety concerns for both pedestrians and drivers, given rise in car jackings and other recent crimes in the area
  • Celebrate/promote minority-owned businesses that have opened up along Baltimore Ave in recent months.
  • Snow clearance on sidewalks 

Business Attraction Committee

Chair: Jon Potter

The Business Attraction Committee is actively seeking new members. If you are interested in learning more, please contact [email protected]

The mission of the SHCA Business Attraction Committee is to support a vibrant business environment that enhances the quality of life of Spruce Hill residents. In 2013, this committee was established to play a proactive role in shaping new neighborhood businesses. The committee’s activities include conducting community surveys, coordinating with landlords and real estate agents, identifying and communicating with prospective businesses, and welcoming new businesses to the neighborhood. The committee’s first initiative was to conduct a neighborhood survey of retail preferences, the details of which can be found below.
Survey of Retail Preferences – Full Report
Report highlights:
  • Most-requested retail categories: Clothing, Garden center, Art supplies
  • Most-requested restaurant categories: Ethnic, Brewpub, Breakfast/Brunch
  • Respondents most averse to: Chain stores, Bars, Fast Food, Pharmacies
  • Most-favorited sites: 1. Honest Tom’s 2. Local 44 3. Lil’ Pop Shop 4. Tampopo 5. Mariposa 6. Green Line Café
  • Most-favorited areas: 44th St. between Locust & Spruce Baltimore Ave. between 45th & 50th 45th St. between Walnut & Locust 40th St. between Chestnut & Locust
  • Should we be a regional destination? 76% of respondents were favorable about the neighborhood being a regional destination, especially as is expressed the following characteristics: Locally-owned, Walkable, and Family-friendly.