Fences Don't Always Make Good Neighbors
No, that white picket fence you see is not on some quaint country lane. It's right in Center City, on the Race Street side of the Franklin Institute, just west of 20th Street. A white plastic rail fence seems like an odd, and rather declasse, choice for such an august institution - and one about to rake it in from the upcoming King Tut blockbuster (Feb.3, 2007). The barrier marking the museum's original neoclassical building by John T. Windrim is granite, while a dark metal fence girds the newer, GBQC wing around the back. Trish Thompson, the Logan Square resident who sent the image (Sorry, I can't explain the blurriness this time. Maybe it's Blogger's fault.), says the fence has neighbors shaking their heads. But the Franklin Institute says the fence is just a temporary solution. It was installed to prevent motorists from mistakenly driving up on the grass when they exit the garage. According to PR director Lynda Bramble, the fence will be replaced by shrubbery as soon as spring comes. That's good to hear. The Boy King from Egypt's Golden Age deserves something a bit more stately.