|Situated at the dramatic confluence of Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, Easton has been a critical destination through our country’s history. From being a key destination in the coal and iron works region of the 20th Century, to being known for its high quality silk manufacturing, and world class learning and cultural assets such as Lafayette College and The State Theater, Easton has always enjoyed a distinct and competitive identity in the Region. The City has continually innovated and often evolved as the trendsetter – at the forefront, embracing creative solutions to its urban problems in all time periods.||
Over the last decade Easton has taken concrete steps towards redefining its place in the region. Strategies and projects such as the Crayola Experience, Sigal Museum, Karl Stirner Arts Trail, a new intermodal transportation facility, the Simon Silk Mill Development, and stronger relationships with Lafayette College have generated excitement across the region, bringing nearly a million visitors to the City every year.
This new influx of energy has attracted hundreds of millions in new investment and witnessed a renewed urban focus, expecting to bring back Easton’s population back to its historic peak of 35,000 in the next two decades.
As the City moves ahead and prepares to embrace this growth, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan provides a planning and urban design framework that will guide Easton’s transformation into a vibrant place to live-work-play for its residents and visitors alike. This framework is a shared vision that embodies the aspirations of Eastonians, established through direct feedback and outreach over two years.
Metropolitan Urban Design Workshop and Urban Matrix led a multidisciplinary team comprising of architects, planners, urban designers, economists and transportation consultants to draft the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. All final documents related to the plan, initial analyses and outreach are publically available for viewing and downloading on this website.
Easton Fact #1: Easton’s population is 20% more diverse than that of the Lehigh Valley Region and by 2050 the City’s population is expected to reach its peak of 35,000 people
Easton Fact #2: A wide range of median housing values, often lower than other cities of the Lehigh Valley region, make Easton affordable and attractive for investments
Easton Fact #3: Easton’s scenic setting besides the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers and its well preserved architectural fabric and historic sites are rare assets that greatly enhance the quality of life
Easton Fact #4: A well balanced and diverse mix of housing types including single family unit, 2-unit homes and apartment homes offer both suburban and dense city lifestyles close to a mixed use core
Easton Fact #5: Located within easy access of the 165-mile long recreational trails of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton also features 24 smaller parks and recreational waterfronts within its compact urban form, offering a diverse public realm system
Click on the links below to hear what Eastonians have to say about their aspirations and goals from the 2035 Comprehensive Plan
We look forward to hearing more from you about your ideas for your City. Please feel free to send us your comments.