January 12th, 2017
An abandoned and overgrown rail line that cuts through Philadelphia will be getting a new start as Rail Park, a lush and lively public park which will start in Callowhill, which is about two miles from your Edgewater apartment.
The Callowhill section will become a quarter mile of walkable, elevated path through the greenery and will continue for two and a half more miles through former Reading Railroad tunnels and which will be only steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It will then pass through the Community College of Philadelphia’s campus and follow through ten Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Funding for the $10.3 million transformative project came from the city, foundations and donations, which is hoped to have a similar effect as the New York City’s High Line did – a 22-block elevated park that has helped transform neighborhoods on Manhattan’s West Side with the addition of luxury condos, galleries, restaurants and boutiques. This will also increase the quality of your Edgewater neighborhood in the years to come.
This trend of renovating obsolete infrastructures into useful amenities for the community has been done in other American cities as well –in Chicago, the Bloomingdale Trail was transformed from an abandoned railroad line into a beautiful park and Dallas built a deck over a freeway to create Klyde Warren Park. Plus, Virginia Beach converted a landfill into an expanse of lakes, hills, playgrounds and a skate park. Soon, our City of Brotherly Love will have its own transformed public place for residents and neighbors of the Edgewater apartments to enjoy.
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