South Camac in Philadelphia was the site of numerous literary and arts clubs in the 19th and 20th centuries. Adopted as an early means to pave muddy streets, wood blocks were put into use during horse-drawn buggy days until the advent of the automobile and their rubber tires led to asphalt paving as a more suitable treatment. The last section of existing wood-paved street was initially restored in 2012, but the newly restored wood pavers quickly began deteriorating. Now a new effort is underway for a more sustainable restoration.
Rebuilding One of America's Last Wood-Paved Streets
By Mimi Kirk
From The Atlantic CityLab
July 5, 2016