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Broad, Germantown, and Erie (BGE)

Broad, Germantown, and Erie (BGE) timeline


Mayor Kenney starts the Broad, Germantown, and Erie (BGE) Task Force.

A study shows that Broad, Germantown, and Erie are part of the 12% of Philadelphia streets where 50% of all traffic deaths and severe injuries happen. In the Vision Zero initiative, these streets are called the High-Injury Network.


Nicetown-Tioga Library is chosen to receive improvements through Rebuild. Rebuild is the City’s program to improve parks, rec centers, playgrounds, and libraries across Philly’s neighborhoods.

North Broad Street is closed to car and bus traffic from BGE all the way to City Hall for Philly Free Streets, allowing people to run, walk, bike, and play all along the street for half of the day.

An engineering study is started to look for ways to make the BGE intersection safer for walking, driving, taking SEPTA, and biking.


Called to Serve CDC starts a workforce development program to help community members get and keep jobs.

Five stores install new awnings. Ten stores start pursuing new storefronts.

Four stores start the process for interior renovations: Tops Beauty, Caribbean Feast, Dwight’s BBQ, and the Black & Nobel building.

Philly Free Streets is held on North Broad Street again.

In September, the Broad, Germantown, and Erie Honoring History Committee starts meeting.

In October, a public meeting is held to get feedback on idea for engineering ideas to make the BGE intersection safer.


January 2020

The task force holds a public meeting and resource fair to get feedback on an updated idea to make the intersection safer. Residents share their thoughts on important neighborhood history and what should be in new public plazas.

March 2020

The City and community partners work to get loans, grants, and PPE to businesses at BGE.

June 2020

The task force helps replace windows and provide funding to businesses affected by civil unrest.

The task force increases commercial corridor cleaning contracts for Broad, Germantown, and Erie.

August 2020

The task force creates three design ideas for the streets, sidewalks, and new plazas based on input from past public meetings. The design options include important neighborhood history shared by residents.

September 2020

The project receives $68,000 from Kaboom! and the William Penn Foundation for short-term improvements in Fish Park at Broad Street, Butler Street, and Germantown Avenue.

October 2020

The task force hears from 783 people who live, work, shop, and ride SEPTA at BGE about what they like in each design option.

December 2020

The project receives $1.5 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).


January 2021

The task force shares the final design idea for the plazas, streets, and sidewalks.

February 2021

Forty people share what they think of the design.

Coordinated public safety efforts begin, led by community partners.

March 2021

The task force holds the first recorded Zoom call collecting neighborhood history and stories.

April 2021

BGE Honoring History Committee members give a talk about the legacy of Rev. Leon Sullivan at the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

May 2021

Site preparation work begins at Fish Park for short-term improvements.

City staff visits businesses and nearby blocks to talk to residents, workers, and business owners about the project.

August 2021

Community opening day planned for short-term improvements at Fish Park.


Percent for Art process begins.


Construction is anticipated to start on intersection changes and new plazas.