Roads, Parks, and Sanitation
Besides water and sewage issues, Harrisburg faced other challenges in the decades prior to the City Beautiful Movement. As the city continued to expand and additional wards were incorporated, more and more roads had to be paved and maintained. Street lamps constantly needed to be repaired or replaced. In the area of health and sanitation, the threat of contagious diseases and epidemics was a daily reality for Harrisburg citizens. To complicate these municipal issues, Harrisburgers also began to desire a green space to serve as a recreational area. The successful establishment of Reservoir Park indicates an eagerness for betterment, but the above problems began to worsen in the 1890s. The people of Harrisburg, as revealed through the city’s late nineteenth-century municipal reports, were keenly aware of this and expressed a desire for change, although they were largely unsuccessful until the City Beautiful Movement.