What if major streets and avenues in downtown Scranton became more than individual vehicular transportation arteries?  What if Wyoming Avenue was re-imagined to inspire a sense of community in downtown living?  What if this avenue became a source of efficient public transportation, pedestrian walkability and bike lanes to increase the livability, sustainability, vitality and character of Scranton?  What if, Scranton?

What if major streets and avenues in downtown Scranton became more than individual vehicular transportation arteries?  What if Wyoming Avenue was re-imagined to inspire a sense of community in downtown living?  What if this avenue became a source of efficient public transportation, pedestrian walkability and bike lanes to increase the livability, sustainability, vitality and character of Scranton?  What if, Scranton?

What if a streetcar was retrofitted as a storefront to house a lively market space?  What if the respective streetcar’s rooftop and adjacent historic Times building were utilized to design an event space, including a roof top park and walk-in theater projected onto the building’s exterior?  What if we consider what such a vision implies about our built environments relationship to our historical past and contemporary present, what dialogue does this evoke?  What if we initiated the discussion and criticism of these delicate and important topics of modern life now?  What if, Scranton?

What if a streetcar was retrofitted as a storefront to house a lively market space?  What if the respective streetcar’s rooftop and adjacent historic Times building were utilized to design an event space, including a roof top park and walk-in theater projected onto the building’s exterior?  What if we consider what such a vision implies about our built environments relationship to our historical past and contemporary present, what dialogue does this evoke?  What if we initiated the discussion and criticism of these delicate and important topics of modern life now?  What if, Scranton?


What if we had a place downtown to celebrate the winter and enjoy the winter chill?  What if we could bring back the tradition of an outdoor ice rink that was once set up seasonally at the former Lackawanna County Stadium?  What if this seasonal event became a venue for local artists and vendors to sell gifts and goodies for the holiday season?  What if, Scranton?

What if we had a place downtown to celebrate the winter and enjoy the winter chill?  What if we could bring back the tradition of an outdoor ice rink that was once set up seasonally at the former Lackawanna County Stadium?  What if this seasonal event became a venue for local artists and vendors to sell gifts and goodies for the holiday season?  What if, Scranton?


What If this abandoned train station was revitalized and brought back to life with a function that tied it back to the adjacent Lackawanna River and Lackawanna River Heritage Trail?  What if the train station once again became a stopping point along a journey with a recreational sports club and a café to offer the opportunity to rest and “refuel” during a walk or ride?  What if the building also housed the headquarters of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and a learning center to educate the public about the region’s heritage and promote conservation of historical and natural resources?  What If, Scranton?

What If this abandoned train station was revitalized and brought back to life with a function that tied it back to the adjacent Lackawanna River and Lackawanna River Heritage Trail?  What if the train station once again became a stopping point along a journey with a recreational sports club and a café to offer the opportunity to rest and “refuel” during a walk or ride?  What if the building also housed the headquarters of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and a learning center to educate the public about the region’s heritage and promote conservation of historical and natural resources?  What If, Scranton?

What if we eliminated empty, lifeless corners downtown that should hold anchor buildings? What if the corner of Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue was no longer an empty plot of dirt, but a student housing building that becomes a lynchpin between the University of Scranton and downtown? What if this new building not only held a corner in the City, but helped bring the University students closer to the downtown, spending money at the downtown stores and restaurants? What If, Scranton?

What if we eliminated empty, lifeless corners downtown that should hold anchor buildings? What if the corner of Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue was no longer an empty plot of dirt, but a student housing building that becomes a lynchpin between the University of Scranton and downtown? What if this new building not only held a corner in the City, but helped bring the University students closer to the downtown, spending money at the downtown stores and restaurants? What If, Scranton?

What if the Steamtown Mall was turned inside out? What if the mall became a lifestyle center complete with loft living, vibrant retail storefronts, restaurants, and offices? What if this new promenade connected back to the city grid with Wyoming Avenue becoming the gateway to the Steamtown National Park? What if Lackawanna Avenue was brought to life and transformed with the sounds of people and businesses not just enjoying the new Steamtown Promenade, but enjoying the City. What If, Scranton?

What if the Steamtown Mall was turned inside out? What if the mall became a lifestyle center complete with loft living, vibrant retail storefronts, restaurants, and offices? What if this new promenade connected back to the city grid with Wyoming Avenue becoming the gateway to the Steamtown National Park? What if Lackawanna Avenue was brought to life and transformed with the sounds of people and businesses not just enjoying the new Steamtown Promenade, but enjoying the City. What If, Scranton?

This “Scranton What If?” exploration considers the hidden potential of the parking lot and adjacent two-story structure along the 300 block of Penn Avenue’s western edge. What if the life-less block facade was re-imagined with galleries, boutiques, and bistros. What if the asphalt lot were transformed into a garden plaza where locals can socialize and enjoy the outdoors. What if this was filled with music and outdoor dining? What if the second floors of these spaces contained walk-up studio apartments? What if, Scranton?

This “Scranton What If?” exploration considers the hidden potential of the parking lot and adjacent two-story structure along the 300 block of Penn Avenue’s western edge. What if the life-less block facade was re-imagined with galleries, boutiques, and bistros. What if the asphalt lot were transformed into a garden plaza where locals can socialize and enjoy the outdoors. What if this was filled with music and outdoor dining? What if the second floors of these spaces contained walk-up studio apartments? What if, Scranton?