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    • The Rail Park, summer 2018 (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Walking the walk along Philly's new Rail Park

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and one pup named Bizzy braved the heat of the last Tuesday in August to take a customized tour of the area surrounding Philadelphia's new Rail Park. Led by…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

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Inspired by Philly's neighborhoods, landscape architect Walter Hood is changing how cities design public spaces

For a non-archaeologist, Walter Hood has a prodigious habit of exhuming history. He shakes the dust off old blueprints. He revives images and recollections embedded in the collective memory of places…

    • Rendering of 'Chorus Dawn' by Brent Wahl and Laynie Brown

Utility pole public art for Rail Park gets conceptual approval

Municipal meetings that feature poetry readings are rare, even at the Philadelphia Art Commission. But on Wednesday morning, at an unveiling of the percent for art installation proposed for the Rail…

    • Paul Levy at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase I of the Rail Park, October 31, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

First phase of Rail Park construction underway

On Monday afternoon, a large crowd clustered around the mouth of the Reading Viaduct for the long-anticipated groundbreaking of a project that would transform the long defunct railway into a public…

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June 10: New Temple library renderings | K&T trail breaks ground | Housing Trilemma

The state Public Utility Commission voted to reconsider the record-setting $11.4 million fine they issued Uber for operating unlawfully in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports. Governor Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh-area officials…

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January 26: Schuylkill River oil spill | Blatstein's Foxwoods site plan | Callowhill businesses await the Rail Park

Environmental cleanup crews are hard at work remediating the site of a 4,200-gallon heating oil spill, 200-250 gallons of which began leaking into the Schuylkill River as of Saturday night, reports…

    • Richards Medical Research Laboratories | Cliff Williams, via Flickr | Creative Commons License

January 8: Wilson Goode, Jr. back as senior policy advisor | Making housing vouchers an entitlement | Wheelmen's bicycle club

Former four-term City Council member Wilson Goode, Jr. was appointed to the new City Council staff position of senior policy advisor, reports Damon WIlliams. One takeaway from Jared Brey's profile of…

    • Friends of the Rail Park envisions Broad Street Bridge as a gateway into the proposed park

November 12: The Rail Park and private development | Post Brothers' West Philly play | Eat Chipotle for the Bicycle Coalition

Jacob Adelman surveys the evidence that the Rail Park is already attracting private investment to the surrounding neighborhoods, despite the fact that it's not even fully funded yet. Kevin McCorry tries…

    • Reading Viaduct, October 2012 / Christine Fisher

Councilman Squilla announces City giving Reading Viaduct Rail Park another $1M

During a public presentation before the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, at late-entering Councilman Mark Squilla announced that the City of Philadelphia was pledging an additional $1 million to the project to…

    • Viaduct Phase One | Studio Bryan Hanes

Planning Commission approves Reading Viaduct acquisition

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve a bill authorizing the city to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct for the development of a public park. Can you imagine…

    • A 2011 view of the elevated Reading Viaduct in the Callowhill neighborhood

City moves to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct

The city is moving to purchase a portion of the Reading Viaduct in anticipation of the development of an elevated park there. Last week, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that…

    • Rail Park

March 16: Rail Park construction this summer | Kenney gets teachers' nod | All-door bus boarding

The William Penn and Knight Foundations will fund $11 million worth of shovel-ready public space improvements in Philly, allowing construction on the Rail Park to begin this summer. Check back for…

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November 6: Wolf's mandate | Winterfest | Bike Advocacy Board | Ardmore TOD fight

Let the tussling over the scope of Tom Wolf's mandate begin. Congressman Chaka Fattah says he expects to spend another decade in his House seat, but a second member of his…

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Eyes on the Street

February 3-7: Civic Design Review | CHOP presents Schuylkill project | Rail Park and tax abatement at DAG | Gentrification real talk | Samuel Fraunces story

EXAMINE: Civic Design Review Tuesday, February 4, 1pm. 1515 Arch Street, Room 18-029. Two projects are on this month’s agenda: CHOP’s South Philadelphia Family Care Center at South Broad and…

    • 12th Street Overpass | Studio Bryan Hanes
Eyes on the Street

When will construction start on Phase 1 of the Rail Park?

Creating a linear park out of the whole Reading Viaduct and City Branches may be a long way off, but last year hopes were high that Phase 1 of the project…

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