Our Parks: Where’s the vision?

Fairmount Park: How can something so big be so hard to picture? The enormous park system is like a bunch of blank spots in our mental map of the city. Maybe you think of one or two beloved places in the park (like the wooden slide at Smith Playground or the snack bar at Valley Green Inn), or maybe you think of a route through or along the park (like Kelly Drive or Henry Avenue). But the startling thing about Fairmount Park in urban terms is the way it plays almost no role in our overall image of Philadelphia as a city…READ MORE

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