MSB SQUARE
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This urban design study investigates a dramatic redesign of the city block immediately north of Philadelphia City Hall. This block, containing the Municipal Services Building (MSB) and the underused Thomas Paine Plaza adjacent to Broad Street, has long been a problematic area defined by a desolate plaza by day and night, and an unsafe below grade light well with a seldom utilized regional rail connection.

Anticipating the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the redesign of Dilworth Plaza to the south, this feasibility study investigates improved connections of the Convention Center to the fabric of Center City, a long-term vision for the empty Thomas Paine Plaza as recommended by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and perhaps most significantly, strategies for invigorating the block with both daytime and nighttime uses. Such a redesign could serve as a long needed catalyst for redevelopment on Broad Street north of City Hall.

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