Profs, experts suggest reforms to 38th, Spruce streets

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The intersection at 38th and Spruce streets — the site of seven accidents this calendar year — has received harsh criticism from city planning experts on the safety of its design.
“Right now it is not pedestrian friendly enough,” Erick Guerra, a city planning professor from the School of Design, said. The intersection saw two accidents this semester and five last semester, which sent at least eight people to the hospital in 2013. Experts agreed that the street’s historic design and later updates such as bike lanes all played into its current state as one of campus’s most dangerous intersections.