South Broad Street will soon get much nicer if the Philadelphia Horticultural Society has anything to say about it. PHS has constructed a civic landscape program for the upcoming years and Broad Street from South to Passyunk is one of the seven sites included, Plan Philly reports.
It might take a little while, though.
PHS, as well as multiple partners and stakeholders, realized that certain areas were constantly brought up in discussing beautification to the city and, with its 200th birthday coming in 2027, the organization wants to line up multiple projects to complete before reaching that milestone.
Along with South Philly, the other sites include Vine Street, West Girard Avenue and North Broad up toward Diamond Street. Says Plan Philly:
Each one of these sites could include multiple projects at a variety of scales; some might focus more on making a positive impression (“image-makers”), fostering a sense of place (“place-makers”), or improving neighborhood connections and quality of life (“partner-makers”).
“These seven sites… represent different scales of intervention. The airport or the Northeast Corridor are really regional gateways and they’re big image-makers in the scheme of things, whereas some of the Broad Street work that’s proposed is more of a place-maker,” explained Nancy Goldenberg, PHS’ Senior Vice President for Programs and Planning.
Some of the tools PHS wants to use to reconstruct these locations include changing textures of surfaces like sidewalks, creating land or aquatic forms and adding street furniture, lighting, vertical or horizontal plantings, or artistic installations.
What needs to be understood, however, is that these ideas are just works in progress. The funding for these renovations will take time, but PHS has managed to fund significant projects in the past, including reconstructing the Azalea Gardens and Logan Square as well as improving plantings along Columbus Boulevard.
Goldenberg said PHS hopes to have the specific projects identified by the fall.