See Village parks’ vivid transformation through the years
“You have to visit to understand.”
That’s what visitors say about The Village’s unique campus of community-created art parks, murals and gardens in the heart of North Philadelphia.
Over 30 years, Village founder Lily Yeh, her collaborators James “Big Man” Maxton and JoJo Williams, and many others transformed over 100 vacant lots into a green, vibrant oasis of shared public space.
The photos below tell the story of sustained creativity and collaboration.
Pull the sliders to see the transformation in action. Sign up for a Village Public Tour to see the parks in person.
For a more detailed history of Village parks, visit founder Lily Yeh’s website.