City Ave Initiatives

City Ave Initiatives

Physical Improvements


physicalCity Ave is looking good.


We’ve spent $4 million on streetscape improvements over the last five years. These include landscaping projects, new signage, physical renovations and improvements that increase pedestrian safety and encourage pedestrian activity through residential and commercial areas.


City Ave will be looking even better.


That’s because we have an additional $10 million in improvements planned over the next five years as we continue to transform the City Ave area into something special.


These improvements will include the installation of traffic adaptive signals, to further reduce delays, clear traffic queues, allow for safer pedestrian crossing, and increase walkability throughout the District.




Public Safety


securitySafety first. It’s what makes City Ave so livable. Security is our top priority for residents, workers and visitors in the District.


We employ numerous full-time and part-time Community Service Representatives (CSRs). You’ll see them everywhere, patrolling the District on bicycles and communicating directly with both the Lower Merion and Philadelphia police departments.


The CSRs are also very helpful to have around, as they can give directions, assist people with car problems, administer first aid and provide other important services.


In fact, you can contact one of our CSRs right now by clicking here.


Join your neighbors and police officers for complimentary coffee and conversation at Corner Bakery Cafe (Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center) on May 3rd  (8:30-11:30a)! This is your chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!



transportationCity Ave is always on the move, whether it’s by foot, bike, car, bus or rail.


Because we’re so conveniently located between downtown Philadelphia and the region’s western suburbs, many people want to come here. So we make it easy. Transportation options include improved highways and roadways, service by three SEPTA Regional Rail lines and seven bus lines.


Of course, good transportation is a two-way street, so to speak, and an advantage for our residents and workers. People in City Ave enjoy easy access to Center City, University City, the Philadelphia International Airport, New Jersey, and the Philadelphia suburbs.


That’s a win-win in our book.


Find out the many ways to get around City Ave by clicking here.



Zoning & Policy


zoningHere we grow again.


New zoning brings a vibrant new feel to City Ave. It encourages pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use development.


It also means more, new, better. City Ave will continue to have more street-level retail storefronts, more residential options, new public plazas and higher-quality office space.


How did we make it happen? The City Ave District worked in partnership with the City of Philadelphia to pass a zoning overlay in 2009 and Lower Merion Township to pass a rezoning ordinance in April 2012, continuing the transformation of the area.


Learn what the re-zoning means for you by clicking here.






We’re telling Philadelphia, New Jersey—and the world—about City Ave. Specifically, we market the area to investors, developers, brokers, businesses, residents, and visitors.

We have many internal communications channels, and create strategic partnerships and events to keep City Ave top of mind.

This year alone, we’ve added two new event series:

City Ave Lunch & Learns

It’s the new way to network in City Ave. Our quarterly Lunch & Learns give local businesses the latest scoop on each other, new tricks of the trade, and potential business opportunities.

Would you like to host an event? Just contact us here.

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The Food Spot @ City Ave

Hungry? You will be. The Food Spot brings gourmet food trucks, live entertainment and wellness demonstrations to our community. Don’t miss the upcoming Food Spots.

Or if you want to be a Food Spot sponsor (our first event drew over 500 people!), contact us here.

Of course, the best marketing starts with you. If you have news, send it here.

And since there’s always something happening at City Ave, stay in the know by signing up for our e-newsletter. Read our five-year summary, and other reports featured in our media center and view upcoming events.