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Re: 1950s -60s BRONX ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OR NOT?


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Posted by Mike L on Thursday, December 27th 2018:

In Reply to: 1950s -60s BRONX ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OR NOT? posted by Alvin L. on Thursday, December 27th 2018:

For this kind of neighborhood planning, you can find no better example in the Bronx than Parkchester, where I grew up. Originally a Catholic rectory, it was planned carefully by the Metropolitan Life Insurance company and laid out beautifully into four quadrants, each marked by a huge oval of mowed grass surrounded by benches and trees. In the center of all this was the famous "oval" which featured a spectacular fountain with statues spouting water and flower beds all around. All of the grassy areas and shrubbery were maintained on a daily basis. The buildings themselves featured outstanding sculpture and bas reliefs, many of which celebrated family life. I felt very fortunate to live in this environment and in all my wanderings in the Bronx during those years, I never saw a neighborhood that came close to it in terms of design and layout.

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