Design teams share concepts for Ben Franklin Parkway’s daring facelift – CBS Philly



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s iconic Ben Franklin Parkway gets a makeover, which will be bold and more pedestrian-friendly. The city invited three internationally renowned design teams to share their concepts.

CBS3 gives you an exclusive preview of their creations before they are showcased at a public forum on Wednesday night.

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The idea is to make the walk safer, more dynamic and more inviting while improving access.

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“We just need better ways to enter and bypass the promenade to access cultural institutions, but also simply to access public space. How do we really claim the promenade as a public space? Said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner. “How do we make sure that there are amenities, attractions and experiences along the promenade that will invite people not only to drive down it, not just to walk on it when they go to visit a museum, but to spend time on the promenade? “

Full design concepts will be released to the public on Thursday morning.

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The design team will be selected this fall.



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