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Call for "Bold Visions" of Bronx's Grandest Road

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    The Bronx's Grand Concourse was modeled after France's Champs-Elysèes (pictured here).

    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-Elysèes 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.