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