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Marconi Plaza

    • The current Columbia Avenue and a prospective future

Ideas for the Columbia Avenue Connector project

The Columbia Avenue of the future will likely be lined with trees, but just how many specimens remains under discussion.Some neighbors of the Fishtown street are concerned about sacrificing parking…

    • Treecycle don't trash your holiday greens.

Christmas tree(cycling) starts this week

Wondering what to do with your undecorated, crispy Christmas greens? Rather than leaving your Christmas tree out with the trash to be landfilled, you can give the greens new life by…

    • Livable Communities and Philadelphia

Livable Communities and Philadelphia

On Monday, May 17th, Livable Communities Task Force Members Earl Blumenauer and Allyson Y. Schwartz will join Penn Design School’s Penn Praxis and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia for…



Marconi Plaza, named after Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Divided by Broad Street, Marconi Plaza extends from 20th Street to 8th Street and from Oregon Avenue to Packer Avenue. The plaza itself, from which the neighborhood derives its name, was originally designed between 1914 and 1916. The plaza was built as a grand entrance for the Sesquicentennial Exposition, a World’s Fair event that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. The plaza was designed with the Roman Gardens in mind, utilizing a symmetrical system of walkways that lead to a raised terrace surrounded by stone railings and sculptures. The park also boasted two reflection pools on either end of the park, these pools were later filled in and now statues of Christopher Columbus and Guglielmo Marconi stand in their place. Today the area is a hot bed for new housing developments due to its close proximity to the new Wachovia center and other sporting complexes. The community also prides itself on a “family friendly” atmosphere, low crime rates, affordable housing, and well regarded schools.


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South Philly Review on Marconi Plaza

Marconi Plaza
Located at South Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, the plaza was originally designed by the architects Olmsted Brothers in 1914–1916 and was built as the grand entrance for the 1926 Sesquicentennial


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