Northern Liberties Underpass Going from Ugly to Artsy

Matt Rubin made no bones about what Spring Garden Street looks like between Delaware Avenue and 2nd Street. "It looks like a place you go to get stabbed," the president of the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association said.

But all that's about to change with the impending construction of the Spring Garden Connector, a $2 million project that will cover the old, tattered concrete with back-lit, artistic metal panels. The project also brings a new "Spring Garden" sign that will hang above the entrance to the SEPTA Market-Frankford subway station.

Organizers from the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. presented plans to the neighborhood association Thursday night and expect it to be completed by next fall. Read more about the artsy underpass on

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