NEWS & UPDATES
Elevated Park on Rail Viaduct Finally Firming Up
April 6, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer [reposted from Philly.com]
Neighborhood volunteers first began cultivating the idea of converting the ruins of the Reading Viaduct into Philadelphia's own elevated park more than a decade ago.
After years of organizing, raising money, and drafting proposals, their efforts - and those of the politicians and professional planners who joined the cause - finally appear ready to bear fruit. Without fanfare, the city and the state have included millions of dollars in their latest budgets toward the first phase of the project: transforming the quarter-mile railroad "spur" that curves through the city's burgeoning Loft District and dead-ends onto North Broad Street. [continue reading at Philly.com]
Official "Marriage" of Reading Viaduct Advocates
October 18, 2013 | By Nathaniel Popkin [reposted from Hidden City Philadelphia]
With construction documents in hand and a financing package in the making for the first phase of the conversion of the Reading Viaduct into a park, the two leading non-profits advocating for the project are merging. Tonight, at the closing party for Design Philadelphia, the Reading Viaduct Project, led by Sarah and McEneaney and John Struble, and Friends of the Rail Park, led by Aaron Goldblatt, Leah Murphy, and Liz Maillie, will officially “marry” and work together going forward under the name Friends of the Rail Park. “We share common goals and have a wealth of energy, skills, knowledge and optimism,” said McEneaney, the highly acclaimed artist, who along with Struble founded the Reading Viaduct Project a decade ago. “We are working with the City of Philadelphia, Center City District, Studio Bryan Hanes, and Urban Engineers to help make phase one a reality.” [continue reading at Hidden City]