ELEVATED PARK ON RAIL VIADUCT FINALLY FIRMING UP

April 6, 2014  |  By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer [reposted from Philly.com]

Neighborhood volunteers first began cultivating the idea of converting the ruins of the Reading Viaduct into Philadelphia's own elevated park more than a decade ago.

The SEPTA spur of the Reading Viaduct, which begins at Noble Street above 13th Street and curves south towards center city, will be the first phase of the Rail Park. Photo credit: Clem Murray, Inquirer Staff Photographer

After years of organizing, raising money, and drafting proposals, their efforts - and those of the politicians and professional planners who joined the cause - finally appear ready to bear fruit. Without fanfare, the city and the state have included millions of dollars in their latest budgets toward the first phase of the project: transforming the quarter-mile railroad "spur" that curves through the city's burgeoning Loft District and dead-ends onto North Broad Street. [continue reading at Philly.com]