Paul Levy, president and CEO of Philadelphia's Center City District reflects on his past attempt to re-imagine the city's grand diagonal boulevard as a higher-density urban space. An unsuccessful attempt, however from that, the re-pedestrianizing of the parkway caught on. The current plan by Harris Steinberg, founding executive director of PennPraxis, considers how to connect the boulevard into the life of the city. Dubbed "More Park, Less Way", the plan focuses on turning four parcels of underutilized open space into lively neighborhood parks with amenities such as yoga, volleyball, chess boards, food kiosks and cultural programming. The aim is to make the parkway as enticing a destination for city residents and tourists.
The question that remains now after its been cleaned up is "What do we want it to be?" says Michael DiBerardinis, the city's deputy mayor for environmental and community resources and commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. As Philadelphia continues to work toward being America's Next Great City, it's grandest boulevard for sure must stand well against any of its counterparts around the world. Read more at WSJ.com