Philly

de Luxe. extra fine. extra fast.  extra fare. Inside the deep, atmospheric, and deeply atmospheric, Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a memorable scene at Abraham Lincoln ‘Oasis’ Fred Harvey restaurant on, make that over, the Tri-State Tollway in South Holland, Illinois.  Set in the ’60′s it’s a USA that left the […]

Celebrating the region’s and especially Philadelphia labor is a big part of making VIADUCTgreene. We’ve told stories of Labor Day here and stories of the awakening of organized labor, how they relate precisely to this place we labor to make,  here.  As we walk and talk, uncover and tell the stories the site holds dearly, some stories […]

While others rail on with fundraising for some Rail Park “Phase 1 Maintenance Fund,” one day they disingenuously claim is “slated for construction in July 2014″ then on a following day they describe merely as a “proposed park,”  VIADUCTgreene remains steady as founded, genuine,  grounded- in the Garden, not on some Fantastically Phased Parkpie in the Sky. VIADUCTgreene remains steady as founded, honing […]

November 22, 2013 was a bright shiny day along the VIADUCTgreene. Another revealing  Saturday sidetour. We’ve been clear that Philadelphia isn’t New York and the VIADUCTgreene corridor isn’t about becoming New York’s High Line, as we stated  from our earliest postings. We’ve been clear that we believe that no post-industrial place recreated as civic space […]

originally published on the VIADUCTgreene blog on Sept. 3, 2013 “PARK” Infrastructure. Knowing well that making a gardenpark utilizing disuse and abandonment of civic infrastructure while celebrating and narrating Philadelphia’s great place in creating so much of the region’s and the world’s civic infrastructure requires a connsumate intelligence about those infrastructures. No provincial myopia allowed. Knowing well […]

 The above view looks southeast from above the then under construction Philadelphia Museum of Art down Pennsylvania Avenue. There’s no evidence of construction at the 1929 Rodin Museum; same with the 1925 Philadelphia & Reading Granary.  Thomas U. Walter’s Preston Retreat stands proud and will for four more decades.  Niles-Bement Pond  in the oval takes […]

It was originally published on 2013.8.10, just like the marketwatch link reads. 10 Things the High Line won’t Tell You.  Today it’s titled N.Y.’s High Line has tips for the 606 Trail. So far as Philadelphia, I seriously doubt the High Line cares to be untruthful.  The piece has a weird combine of misquotes along with mistruths. “In […]

Originally published April 19, 2013 on the VIADUCTgreene Blog.  Collected news HERE. AMC’s hit-series season six it’s 1966; wartime and suburban dystopia is having its effects. Season five finale had Peter Campbell getting hit in the face and thrown off his train to Greenwich. Conductor: I’m about to throw you off. Pete: Go ahead, you fat piece of crap. Conductor: I […]

December 3.   75  Years Ago.  -it spans the miles with the effortless ease of an eagle in its flight. This week’s diamond and gold anniversary of Reading’s Stainless Steel Streamlined Train deserves note.  Philadelphia designed, and Philadelphia built. The Reading Train was the first light-weight, stainless steel, streamlined , air-conditioned train to serve Philadelphia […]

The forming of ViaductGreene was and remains a labor of love, a labor of sharing, a labor of bringing something to the table when you know you have something valuable to bring. No different than the forming of Friends of the High Line, ViaductGreene with the intention of laboring toward creating a place made by […]

I suppose it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Reading International’s scrappers returned last week to snatch away the rest of the 9th Street Branch rails so they can be made into something else.  Almost a tease, they had left the site in the spring, leaving infrastructure north of Noble Street and with it, […]

Back on Janurary 12, 2011 we posted about OLIN and Rodin.  Back then it was more about the fun of imagineering. Back then we were delighted by the Paul Cret connections with the corridor- from neighboring Rodin, neighboring and not-neighboring Barnes, to neighboring Parkway, to Reading’s classy Crusader. Back then we couldn’t imagineer the progress.  Back […]

News Link We’ve noted our affections for Philadelphia’s own precisionists and ash canners in previous blogs.  Monsieurs Rodin, Gréber, & Cret  in others, along with our delight in the ghosts and palimpsests along the Schuylkill River Valley. We spend a good deal of time tooling about the place, especially the rich, rich, ways between the French, Pickering and […]

                          When I saw palm trees along 20th Street last Spring I rolled my eyes.  Then I read the PHS news of the 2012 Flower Show theme, Hawaii: Islands of Aloha!   I love the flower show.  It’s about all we have left of anything Exposition like. […]

                        February 23, 2012… Philadelphia. 60°  We are stardust. We are golden. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the to the Garden. Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia from 1838-44. He wrote his finest work here. He lived a just a couple of blocks from ViaductGreene’s […]

  from February 17, 2012 Inquirer Editorial: Railway Tunnel Plans will help the Area Bloom from February 14, 2012: To Reclaim an Old Railway from Above and Beneath To Reclaim an Old Railway from Above and Beneath by Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer from February, 05, 2012: Viaductgreene : A light at the End of the Tunnel […]

                                Hidden City Philadelphia’s website is really amazing.  Back in October when we were busy with Design Philadelphia events, they posted a neat Ethan Wallace piece about the single extant coalyard building on N. 13th Street.  Inside, a treasure trove of […]

VIADUCTgreene creates a garden of intersecting culture and wildness along the soaring and submersive landscape infrastructure that is the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad 9th Street and City Branches. All the wonderful talk and action leading toward the Spring Garden Street Greenway/East Coast Greenway encourages another look at this historic, exciting and captivating intersection. In Spring Garden we mentioned history […]

Our friend, Annik La Farge,  just posted Introducing Urban Greenways: Other Projects Around the World, a new feature on her Livin’ the High Line Blog.  Taking a look at the variety of projects drives home the signifficance of  ”Philadelphia’s singular world-class asset; a whole much greater than the sum of its parts.” VIADUCTgreene, The 9th Street and City Branches […]

    Reading Terminal.—The Public Ledger, of August 11th, says: The route of the Reading Terminal is beginning to assume less the appearance of a past cyclone path as the debris of the demolished buildings is heing cleared away and the straight lines of masonry show above ground. But the busiest point is at Twelfth and Arch streets, where the market […]

Thanksgiving. Speed of a Hurricane.  1895. The editor of Locomotive Engineering was invited to ride #385 soon after she entered service; here’s part of Angus Sinclair’s colorful report… in 1895 Mr. S.M. Vauclain was Samuel Vauclain, plant superintendent of the Baldwin Locomotive Works.  In 1929 he became president, then Chairman of the Board until his death in 1940. […]

 Tit for Tat. thoughts from the Manayunk Bridge. “Trails connect Philly and Main Line” “It’s not just, ‘Build a cool park and they will come.’ It’s, ‘Build a cool park and connect it to a framework.’ ”-James Corner VIADUCTgreene! …. connections to a framework from American Railroad Journal. Sept.16.1882 Construction of Competing Lines by the […]