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Green Spaces, Fresh Air

Parkway Museums District

 
 
Green Spaces, Fresh Air Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
1. Green Spaces, Fresh Air Marker
Inscription.
In 1918, the Fairmount Park Commission hired Jacques Greber to create a landscape plan for the newly opened parkway. Greber set out to bring a slice of the park into the heart of the city,

Where earlier plans had shown a street lined with buildings, he saw a boulevard lined with parks, fountains and statues. His plan included double rows of evenly spaced trees, the pattern you see today.

Many of the original red oaks have been replaced by red maples and sweet gum trees.
Today, Philadelphia continues to discuss the right balance between buildings and open space on the Parkway.
 
Erected by the Parkway Council Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 57.306′ N, 75° 9.984′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of North 16th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway on North 16th Street. 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. Making The City Beautiful (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Disks, One Lacking (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Public Service
Insert - the landscaping plan image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
2. Insert - the landscaping plan
(about 400 feet away); American Friends Service Committee (about 500 feet away); Friends Select School (about 500 feet away); Green Building at Friends Center (about 500 feet away); Quakers at Friends Center (about 500 feet away); Edmund N. Bacon (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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