Chinatown leaders favor destruction of the Reading Viaduct

Weekly Press: Chinatown leaders favor destruction of the "Chinese Wall"

Written by Mark Brakeman:

In its quest for new, affordable housing, the neighborhood’s leaders are looking beyond Chinatown’s traditional boundary north of Vine Street. Already, new residences have been built near Ninth and Vine in what civic leaders are calling "Chinatown North," but full development of the area is stymied by the presence of the hulking, abandoned Reading Viaduct.

John Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), said that the overhead railway – which in its day carried trains to points north and east of the city – slices diagonally across developable parcels of land, making building on them impractical.

In addition to expounding affordable housing north of Vine Street, Chin also said PCDC wants to spread Chinatown’s business sector in the area.

"That’s really, really hard with the Viaduct there."

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ALSO: Check out a Letter to the Editor from Andy Toy, board member of PCDC, about the Reading Viaduct. 

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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