Light Towers Coming To Girard And Columbia

To help punctuate the connection between the Big Green Block (location of Kensington CAPA High School at Front and Palmer) and Penn Treaty Park, New Kensington CDC is installing 2 historiographic light towers, on the southeast and northwest corners of Girard and Columbia. The towers, designed by landscape architect Bryan Hanes–who produced the master plan for Penn Treaty–will be installed by year’s end. The project was funded in part by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Vital Neighborhoods Initiative, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the city’s Commerce Department.

Interesting to note that community leaders had sought to install pedestrian lighting along Girard and Frankford Avenues as part of ongoing streetscape improvements, but were turned down by the Streets Department, which refuses to maintain them. Stuck with “brown round” highway lighting (the contemporary version of the cobra lamp), NKCDC did an end run by commissioning “art” to improve the pedestrian experience at this important intersection.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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