From big repaving projects, to small design flourishes, Old City has been getting a makeover of late.
Along North 3rd Street, on the long blocks between Market and Race, brand new streetlamps were recently installed to illuminate the once-dark blocks, creating a more welcoming pedestrian environment.
The 33 new lights were paid for through about $625,000 in Neighborhood Transformation Initiative funding, secured through City Council at the end of former 1st District Councilman Frank DiCicco’s reign.
“We had a walking tour with the mayor and DiCicco on a dark, rainy fall evening and it was apparent that this was a very dark area,” Old City District
Executive Director Graham Copeland explained. The project has been on OCD's wishlist for years, and finally the new lights were ceremoniously lit during First Friday last week.
“I think that the new lighting is great and I’ve had customers come in and talk about it,” said Liz Pizzo of Third Street Habit
, a women's clothing boutique on 3rd near Race Street. “It’s perfect for Old City.”
“It’s definitely prettier, but I don’t know that its any better,” said Jenny Martin co-owner of Lost + Found
, a shop at 3rd and Cherry. Martin said that she thinks the quality of the new lighting is softer, and makes the area in front of her shop - where there used to be a cobra head light - a bit darker. "I don’t know if that’s something they can adjust."