Art Commission approves Rittenhouse Square, Zoo improvements

"A long-overdue lighting project for Rittenhouse Square and the extension of the Philadelphia Zoo's revolutionary treetop animal trail were the two most exciting developments discussed at Wednesday's meeting of the Philadelphia Art Commission, but Commissioners pressed hardest for improvements to the other two, more mundane, applications presented.

In introducing the lighting scheme, Betsy Hummel, president of Friends of Rittenhouse Square, said it was a continuation of other recently completed efforts — such as a retrofitting of existing lampposts and the installation of security cameras — aimed at combating vandalism and graffiti in the park. In addition, she said, planners hope to increase the feeling of safety and well-being for nighttime strollers."