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Power And Politics

Parkway Museums District

 
 
Power And Politics Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
1. Power And Politics Marker
Inscription.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, opened in 1918, was one of the largest projects of urban redesign ever undertaken.

It was a product of the Reform Era in American politics, marked by improvements in public education and public health, and a crackdown on the excesses of big corporations.

These high ideals motivated many of the architects, patrons, civic leaders, and other citizens who pushed for the Parkway. But the job also required the support of those powerful politicians who had earned Philadelphia the title “corrupt and contented.”

In fact, the mayors who got the most done worked inside the political “machine”, making deals and handing out favors to friends.
 
Erected by the Parkway Council Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 57.367′ N, 75° 10.071′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Benjamin Franklin Parkway and N 17th Street, on the right when traveling west on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friends Select School (a few steps from this marker); Three Disks, One Lacking
Insert - Mayor John Reburn image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
2. Insert - Mayor John Reburn
(within shouting distance of this marker); Kopernik (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Tadeusz Kosciuszko (about 500 feet away); Green Spaces, Fresh Air (about 600 feet away); Sister Cities Park (about 600 feet away); Making The City Beautiful (about 700 feet away); Archeology (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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Mayor Thomas Smith image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
3. Mayor Thomas Smith
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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