Call for "bold visions" of Bronx's grandest road

February 2, 2009 7:16:45 AM PST
The Bronx's grandest boulevard is being celebrated - by looking to its future. The Bronx Museum is marking the centennial of the Grand Concourse with a call for "bold visions" that describe how the boulevard and surrounding community can evolve in the coming decades.

The thoroughfare was built in 1909 as the Champs-Elysees of the Bronx - a tree-lined promenade surrounded by majestic buildings.

Tumultuous times left the roadway that weaves from 138th Street north to Van Cortlandt Park at Mosholu Parkway in a state of deteriorating grandeur.

Yet the much-loved boulevard has remained a focal point of commerce and culture.

Winning entries in the Bronx Museum competition will appear in the "Intersections: Grand Concourse at 100 - Future" exhibition, set to open in November.

The competition opens Monday.


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