The Improvements

During the early twentieth century, the city of Harrisburg had poorly paved streets, buildings that lacked proper foundation, and a lack of parks. Additionally, the Susquehanna River had faulty sanitation supplies, and the river steps leading to the entrance of Harrisburg was demolished. As a result of these deficiencies, the city Beautiful Movement promoted the improvement and beautification of these areas. During the implantation of these improvements, Harrisburg's new landscape emerged with the help of J Horace McFarland, Mira Lloyd Dock, and Warren Manning. Capitol Park was expanded, concrete steps by a walkway defined the riverfront park, and sanitation levels improved. Additionally, streets were paved and installed with sidewalks, playgrounds were implemented, forests were grown, and historical buildings and landmarks were preserved.


Taylor Schock, Chris Beardsley