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Everything Old is New Again by Miriam Plavin-Masterman

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CHAPTER 4

The Philadelphia Story: Huge Potential, Missed Chances

After more than a decade of effort, Philadelphia’s Friends of the Rail Park (RPP) has made little progress toward repurposing the three-mile remnant passenger and freight train track known as the Rail Park into a public urban green space. While city government officials have indicated their support for the project, the city currently owns only 2.4 miles of the proposed three-mile space, with the rest remaining under private ownership by the entertainment company Reading International. Some money has been raised for construction of Phase 1, which involves developing a 0.25 mile section accessible at grade. No timeline exists for the other sections. The Friends of the Park group ...

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