The Philadelphia High Line?

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The NYC High Line — ©Kwong Yee Cheng

Didn’t know about this project:

The Reading Viaduct soars over the neighborhood just north of Philadelphia’s Center City… Elevated railroad tracks long abandoned and overgrown with vegetation, the Viaduct has many dreaming of a park along the lines of the High Line in New York, one of the biggest urban-renewal successes of the last decade.

Good interview with Philadelphia proponents and one of the original advocates for the NYC High Line {WHYY — Radio Times}.

I think it would be a clear win for the city to turn an abandoned structure into more green space (about 5 acres). It generated a ton of money ($millions) in new investment around the high line in NYC, so the Chinatown folks need to suck it up and get on board.


How to Pick the Perfect Park Bench

  1. 1. Assess the weather. Determine optimal Shade Level (direct sun, under the cover of a tree or a mix of both). Note: Shade Level subject to change with or without warning.
  2. 2. Begin walk around perimeter of park, traveling clockwise if possible. Walk slow enough to enable a complete and accurate assessment of Bench Candidates, but fast enough to avoid appearing Creepy. It’s a fine line.
  3. 3. When approaching Bench Candidate with desired Shade Level, make your final choice based on the following Hazards & Annoyances: mysterious or unexplained puddles, cell phone users, homeless persons, bird feces and proximity to trash receptacles, pets and/or children.
  4. 4. When final Bench Candidate is identified, make haste to claim your bench. Do not break eye contact with Bench Candidate.
  5. Helpful notes & tips: Bench Candidates near minor thoroughfares are preferable to main arteries. Bench Candidates near fountains provide pleasing ambient noise but may attract unwanted neighbors, namely small children, their parents and teenagers.

Related: Long/ Live/ the/ Benchigram.