The Neighborhood Conservation Kit (NCK) is a civic engagement project in partnership with the Central Roxborough Civic Association and an expanding NCK Team of Roxborough neighbors. What is Roxborough, you ask? Roxborough is uphill from Manayunk and is huge, made variably of funky urban or suburban and even rural patterns, a large small town in a city, nearly 6 square miles and 30,000 residents in Northwest Philadelphia. Our main street is “da Ridge.” Our park is Gorgas (and a bunch of smaller ones, and half the Wissahickon). Our cheesesteak is Lennie’s. (OK, we can argue about that, so sue me Dalessandro’s and Chubby’s.)
The NCK project won a 2015 Knight Cities Challenge award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (Thank you!) We are setting out to create templates and teach residents to create their own Neighborhood Conservation Overlays, which are short, locally-calibrated additions to the Philadelphia Zoning Code. The purpose is to protect local character and walkability.
Central Roxborough (pictured) got one of these local codes adopted in 2014, using volunteer labor and expertise from the neighborhood and advice from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Now, other civic associations are asking for our help. Updates on our progress will be posted on the home page throughout the summer and fall, as will the NCK itself. Stay tuned.