PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The International Downtown Association has recognized Philadelphia’s Center City District as one of the recipients of its 2012 Downtown Merit Award.
The award winners were announced on September 24th.READ MORE: North Philadelphia Crash Leaves Young Girl Dead; Sister, Mother Injured
Specifically, the Center City District was touted for its $5.2 million renovations of the Sister Cities Park, located at 16th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway. The now-thriving 1.3-acre city oasis was one of 22 qualified entries in the Public Space category, which focuses on improvements made to spaces that enhance the design, physical function or economic viability of a downtown area.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. To Announce Major Boardwalk Rehabilitation Funding, Other Upcoming Projects
David Downey, IDA President and CEO, called the park “a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results,” according to PlanPhilly.com, which is affiliated with PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania.
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