Unveiling Major Enhancement to Market St. Bridge

Sep 29, 2015 8 years ago

Partnering with Center City District (CCD) and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC), University City District has delivered a major enhancement to the Market Street Bridge, one of the key gateways between University City and Center City.

UCD engaged Groundswell Design Group—the landscape architecture firm behind Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Independence Beer Garden and, most recently, the revamped Porch at 30th Street Station—to enhance the walking experience, and to extend the design style of The Porch across the Market Street Bridge. The improvements provide a welcoming connection between the eastern edge of University City, Center City, and the banks of the Schuylkill River.

The improvements had to be completed on a very tight timeline in advance of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. In the video below, see the highlights of a 12-day installation project. 


The improvements to the Market Street Bridge were made possible in part thanks to a grant made to the University City District by the William Penn Foundation. The William Penn Foundation funding is part of a larger UCD effort to study and improve civic infrastructure in eastern University City.

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