Still Greening After All These Years

The world is rich in lovely cities--Rio, Athens, Edinburgh, Rome, Tokyo and the rest. But the Philadelphia of the future, as some citizens have dreamed it, will be able to hold up its head with the greatest. I like to think of a Philadelphia in which the lower Schuylkill would be something more than a canal of oily ooze; in which the wonderful Dutch meadows of the Neck would be reclaimed into one of the world's loveliest riverside parks, and in which the Parkway will stretch its airy vista from the heart of the city, between stately buildings of public profit, out to the sparkling waters of Fairmount.
- Christopher Morley, circa 1918

Has Philadelphia closed in, even a little bit, on this 85-year old dream? Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway is complete; the Schuylkill does tend to sparkle; and traveling upstream from the dam at Fairmount, parkland is all green and sometimes even flowery. But traveling downstream, the idea for a green lining for Philadelphia has its fits and starts. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Nestled in the industrial landscape of Southwest Philadephia is the country's oldest surviving botanical garden. In our continuing series on historical markers in the Philadelphia region, WHYY's Joel Rose visits Bartram's Garden, the home of 18th century horticulturist John Bartram. [Listen]

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