Aramingo and Kensington Business Associations Annual Meeting

Casbah Caterer’s was standing room only as the Aramingo Business Association (ABA) welcomed the Kensington and Allegheny Business Association (KABA) to their Annual Pre-Holiday affair.  The meeting was very enjoyable and most informative.  City Officials from 24th Police District, L&I, Philadelphia Water Department, and the District Attorney’s office outlined their vision and plans for the future of our area.  Websites were unveiled for both the ABA and KABA.  As always, the food was appetizing and the opportunity to network after the meal was spirited.  Conversation rounded off another successful year of working together to reach our mutual goal of both corridors to be a “Clean, Safe and Pleasant Shopping Experience”.   We will do it all over again in 2014!

ABA KA meeting 2013

Getting ready for Streetscape plans on Aramingo Avenue

The Aramingo Ave. Shopping District presents a remarkable opportunity to spearhead green stormwater infrastructure development in Philadelphia. Much of the commercial district is composed of big box retailers with suburban style layouts and large underutilized parking lots. A stormwater management strategy along the corridor will save business owners money on their projected increased stormwater utility bills (which will total nearly $750,000 every year starting in 2014) and also draw new customers by making the district more attractive. Greening the corridor will also improve the pedestrian experience, making it safer to walk in a neighborhood where a low percentage of residents own cars. Improving the stormwater management through greening on Aramingo Ave is a win for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), the business owners, and for the local environment.

Water retention sidewalks

Aramingo Business Association

Impact Services Corporation (Impact)’s activities along Aramingo Ave. have combined business savvy with concerted community/business organizing efforts over an eight year period. Impact’s leadership has brought about significant positive changes on Aramingo Avenue and in the residential neighborhoods surrounding it.

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