Clark Park Defines Parks for Philadelphia

This past Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission issued its 227-page “Citywide Vision: Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan,” which outlines the major and minor steps the city will be taking to improve itself over the next 25 years. As architecture columnist Inga Saffron noted in the Inquirer,  “City planners seem to have taken the opposite tack from that advocated by the great Chicago planner Daniel Burnham, who exhorted his city to “make no little plans. They have no power to stir men’s blood….The 2035 report is a collection of little plans, many of them terrific, but small-scale nonetheless. The future Philadelphia that appears in the planners’ crystal ball is a place where people bike to work, shop at neighborhood farmer’s markets, dine at the corner brewpub, tap at laptops in the park at the end of the block, and regularly compost their food waste. It sounds like a shinier version of today’s Philadelphia, one without the poverty and blight.”

Parks are a major part of the new plan, of course, but you may take some pride in the place Clark Park enjoys. The section on “Neighborhoods” opens with a full-page photo of the Green Line Cafe. A sidebar includes definitions of “Healthy Food” illustrated with a photo of our Farmer’s Market.

And the report’s definition of a “Neighborhood Park” reads, “Neighborhood parks typically range in size from 1 to 25 acres and provide recreational uses such as fields and playgrounds. Clark Park at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia is a good example of a neighborhood park.”

Read the report here.

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