Center City District looks to plant more trees and needs help doing it

Mark Abrams
February 18, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Center City District Foundation is behind a drive to plant more trees in the Center City business district.

Center City District President Paul Levy says the organization is looking to put some 200 trees in an area that runs from 6th Street to 21st Street and from Race Street to Locust Street - roughly the core of the downtown.

"Everybody really enjoys the greenness of the city,” he said. “It's how we market ourselves and this is an opportunity for lots of people to participate so that we can simply have a greener country town as William Penn asked us to have."

Levy says there are 2,300 trees in the district now and the group wants to add 200. He says it costs an average of $2,500 per tree for digging and planting a street tree or removing and replacing a tree.

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The group, Levy says, has a donor who has put up a $55,000 matching grant toward the project and contributions of any amount are being solicited through the group's website.

"Look for Plant Center City and that has all the information about how to contribute, how you can contribute online and more information," he said.

You can find more information on the foundation’s website CenterCityPhila.org.

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