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Harrisburg: The City Beautiful

Streets and Rivers

The citizens of Harrisburg, used to the unfiltered water pumped into the city and the decrepitness of the streets, lived in a dump. The citizens of Harrisburg, plagued with poorly maintained streets, yearned for improvements to progress their daily living conditions. Much of the destruction came from floods in 1889 and 1894. These floods destroyed the infrastructure of not only the river steps but the pumping systems and sewage systems. The ever increasing population of Harrisburg led to more wards being created. The fast-paced creation of these wards led to the inability to keep up with street paving. As the "City Beautiful Movement" swept Harrisburg the streets and the river dramatically improved and added to the beauty of the once structurally worn out city. The city tackled many projects to improve what used to be an eyesore that many of the citizens in Harrisburg habitated. These improvements illustrate the amount of work the government did for the betterment of Harrisburg.

Streets and Rivers