Bold Plan Uses Old To Make Reading New

A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsyl...

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In an “everything old is new again” report, the city’s downtown consultants are recommending it move ahead to the past.

They want the city to recreate the old market houses that stood on Penn Square for more than a century to give the square more activity.

They urge narrowing the square’s wide sidewalks to push vehicle traffic closer to the buildings and to make room for a wide pedestrian plaza along the Penn Street centerline to make the square more alive.

They suggest re-installing the here-again-gone-again traffic circle at Fifth and Penn streets, to slow traffic and make the square more pedestrian friendly.

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