Apr. 12th, 2017
It only takes a long walk along the four-mile stretch of North Broad, between City Hall and Germantown Avenue, to know that something’s up. There is, of course, the Divine Lorraine Hotel covered in scaffolding, its bright red, neon lights now shining after 40 years. There’s constant construction throughout Temple’s campus. And then there’s a whole lot of talk of this old building or that abandoned warehouse’s future.
Feeling connected to nature in the city isn’t impossible. It’s as simple as stepping outside and allowing your instincts to take over. In most people’s workaday worlds they fail to feel this critical connection. They spend mere seconds outdoors, rushing from the front door to the car with their purse handle between their teeth while they wrestle with outerwear, carefully shifting the commuter mug from one hand to the other, dropping keys on the ground, picking up the keys, deactivating the car alarm …
Source: Urban Earthwitch: Urban Animist
That the viaduct rail park is actually becoming a thing is, well, dumb luck. In 2015, when developers Aaron Cohen and Craig Grossman set their sights on a block just north of Chinatown, they liked what the elevated rail tracks lent to the area; they were authentic and gritty in the best possible way. Now the first phase of the park is under way, and that’s a huge bonus for their audacious plans.