Lights spread along North Broad Street as part of streetscape improvement

 Lighting fixtures go up along North Board Street. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Lighting fixtures go up along North Board Street. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Towering new lights are part of ongoing streetscape improvements in North Philadelphia. Although they may appear incomplete by day, by night they will shine brightly.


More than 40 stainless steel, 55-foot light fixtures are being installed on North Broad Street from Hamilton Street to Glenwood Avenue.

The almost $9 million investment will improve an area where pedestrian traffic is growing, said Mayor Michael Nutter.

“Lighting has a significant impact on not just the overall amenities being offered but how people feel about an area where they want to make investment, where they feel comfortable walking, all those kinds of things,” Nutter said. “So it’s not just about the decorative nature, it’s a signal that it’s an open, safe, inviting place.”

City Council President Darrell Clarke lauded the project.

“Making sure that that we send the appropriate signal to North Broad Street that we are here, and we are here in a big way,” he said

The newly formed Avenue North Renaissance community organization will oversee maintenance of the streetscape improvements, and help with quality-of-life issues along the corridor.

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