And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: City And State Pledge Dough To First Step Towards Reading Viaduct Rail Park

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Dreams = Reality!

They said it couldn’t be done. They said it was some kinda crazy urbanist pipe dream. They said, “Wait, where is that?” They said, “Ow! I stepped on a needle!” But ten years in from the moment that a bunch of neighbors in the Eraserhood realized that there is a gem in the waiting to be made on the site of an old rail spur, the city has pledged $1.8 million over two years from its capital budget and the state has included $3.5 million in its Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for the first part of what will hopefully one day be a full-on rail park. The area we’re talking about is what is commonly known as the “SEPTA Spur,” the area around 12th & Noble, which could serve as a proof of concept for the larger park detailed above by Friends Of The Rail Park. The area beyond that is still owned by the folks who own what was the Reading Railroad; they are presumably sitting on the property at present, lying in wait in California, waiting for the moment when they can charge the city top for it on the back of the work of people who just want less blight and more grass here in Philly. This is a baby step, of course, but it is also a pinhole of light for an idea whose time has come. We’ll fight California later.

So there you have it: The world is not totally made of shit. Have you got some good news? If so, send it to tips[at]philebrity[dot]com with “GOOD MOTHERFUCKING NEWS!” in the subject header — we’d love to hear about it.

  • GlassJawn

    While I think the eastern part of this should be an elevated park, the western part should be transitioned into rail transit.

  • thegreengrass

    Second this.

  • friendlynerd

    The elevated part would be amazing, but the idea of using badly needed transit infrastructure for an underground park is really weird and misguided.

  • NateFried

    It could be both. Its big enough to support a pedestrian walkway and bike lane while also putting a rapid bus line in there. What is likely to happen is for the “cultural corridor” to be created by the city with the pedestrian “stops” becoming nice, well lit, attractive, etc. But when you are asking for money, you gotta create the loftyist goal possible to excite all them donors!