Wednesday we met up with Liz Maillie and Aaron Goldblatt from Friends of the Rail Park for a special Saving Places tour of the Reading Viaduct. The tour started at 22nd and Hamilton, following City Branch to the Reading Viaduct on the east side of Broad.
Friends of the Rail Park has been advocating for the greening of the City Branch and Reading Viaduct and have scheduled 2015 as the year work will begin on the Reading Viaduct. The plan is to create three miles of pedestrian and bike friendly transport, with green space for a park and recreation, on the elevated track left from the Reading Railroad across the Callowhill neighborhood to the west side of Broad, where the track is submerged below street level. The project aims to keep an eye on the industrial heritage, and the almost feral nature of the current structure.
Walking along on the street level above the City Branch, that feral nature became evident: in the summer light whole lengths of tracks were hidden by the jungle of trees growing over them. As we crossed Broad Street and followed the spur to the Reading Viaduct, the contrast of the sweeping meadow above the city was similarly mind-blowing. Needless to say, we're excited to follow the updates on land management and watch how FOTRP are able to beautify the natural ecosystem that has overtaken the industrial structure.
Party at the Foundry
Join our friends from Philadelphia Salvage at their custom design space - The Foundry, a former factory space that has everything from piano parts to general store counters and everything in between. Saving Places will wrap-up their week of events with tours of Philadelphia Salvage's extraordinary facility, iconic Philly food and drinks, live music, and a few surprises. This will be one party you surely don’t want to miss, and you still have time to sign up here. If you can make it out, there will be food trucks (The Flying Deutschman and Buttercream) and beer, as well as music from the Gin Canaries, ice carving from Fear No Ice, and a drawing for prints from Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America.
Click here to register and for more information on #citylovePHL
more from the National Trust for Historic Preservation:
"We chose Philly, because it’s a city with opportunity. From the stately mansions of Fairmount Park to the long-abandoned industrial warehouses of Fishtown and Northern Liberties, it's a city steeped in history. Once the home of a young nation’s capital, it blossomed into an industrial powerhouse known as the 'Workshop of the World.'
Today, after decades of population decline, Philadelphia is once again on the rise as a new generation discovers all the quirks and charms of one of America’s oldest cities. Here is a place where it’s possible to see both the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the old and the new. And we love that."