May 2, 2015 |
Government planners fanned out along Spring Garden Street on Thursday to consider replacing its median with a bicycle pathway. Armed with clipboards and checklists, the federal, state, and local planners were taking the first step toward creating an $8 million, 2.2-mile-long "Spring Garden Greenway" that would connect to paths along the Schuylkill and the Delaware River. Thursday's assessment "will really help to lift this project and give it momentum," said Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, which is seeking a $900,000 grant from the state to advance the project.
July 21, 2014 |
Along both branches of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Creek - in 24 hilly communities west of Philadelphia - about 37,000 acres have been marked off-limits to development. Part is public parkland; most is owned by private landowners who have given up development rights in exchange for lower property taxes and other incentives. The acreage covers nearly a quarter of the land in those communities, an area four times the size of Philadelphia's park system, including Fairmount Park . Is it enough?
March 9, 2014 |
MANTUA Walking through trash-strewn lots and past dilapidated houses, Mayor Nutter and Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Carol Galante listened to officials and community leaders talk about the future transformation of Mantua. The tour was the first one for city and federal officials since President Obama designated Mantua a Promise Zone. "We will bring back Mantua," the mayor said. The one-hour jaunt, which started at 37th and Brown Streets and ended about an hour later at 35th Street and Fairmount Avenue, allowed the entourage to envision possibilities, such as a transit stop at Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, and a 10-block greenway along Mantua, a street now littered with diapers and other trash.
November 15, 2013 |
A pedestrian ramp for the Ben Franklin Bridge, a former rail bridge over the Schuylkill in Manayunk, and a Burlington County trail are among 13 trails getting $4 million for design and construction, local officials said Wednesday. The trails are part of a 750-mile network being built for pedestrians and bicyclists in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. About 285 miles of trails in the network are built, and an additional 50 miles are in development, leaving about 415 miles to go. Trail advocates hope to complete the network within 20 years at a cost of $250 million.
June 17, 2013 |
ROANOKE, Va. - Its heritage is tied to the railroad. Yet even before Norfolk & Western Railway's steam locomotives rolled into the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque little town was a happening place. A hub along the long and bumpy Great Wagon Road that brought 18th-century settlers from Philadelphia to central North Carolina, Big Lick, as the town originally was known, bustled with three hotels, five tobacco factories, a cigar factory, and five churches. It also boasted a shoemaker, harness-maker, undertaker, four doctors, and two lawyers.
February 10, 2012 |
GARY GORDON'S first cousin, John Johnson, is a freshman basketball player at Pitt and Gary, natch, also hopes to enjoy a successful college career. So, early last November, when he suffered an injury to his right knee while playing in an independent league, the last thing he wanted to do was acknowledge it. "I made a pass to the wing, then went to set a pick so a guy could come up and shoot a jumper," Gordon said. "I felt something rip and fell right to the floor. My leg had a 90-degree angle.
December 17, 2011
Does it make sense to dramatically transform an often busy street like Spring Garden with a bike and pedestrian greenway?
December 17, 2011
Wouldn't it be fun to safely ride your bike or take a leisurely walk on a tree-studded path from the banks of the Delaware to the Schuylkill? The Pennsylvania Environmental Planning Council, a statewide organization with regional offices that work to revitalize communities, protect working farms, preserve critical wildlife habitat, and protect lakes, streams, and rivers, is working its way through an extensive process to come up with a plan,...
October 6, 2009 |
Seeking clout in unity, the newly formed Coalition for Philadelphia's Riverfronts is an alliance of more than three dozen civic, neighborhood, governmental, faith-based, and business groups dedicated to revitalizing the city's waterfront areas through the creation of a comprehensive rivers' edge greenway. "Riverfront groups generally have advocated for a local portion or a section" of the rivers, said coalition coordinator Rachel Vassar. What distinguishes the coalition, she said, is that it brings together diverse constituencies, from South Philadelphia's Passyunk Square Civic Association to Port Richmond's Friends of Pulaski Park.
October 6, 2009 |
While it's not always readily apparent, Philadelphia was located here because of its rivers. The city streets were laid out as a grid linking one river, the Delaware, to the other, the Schuylkill. In the early days, the riverfronts served as common areas for public use and enjoyment. They also became gateways of commerce and industry, helping Philadelphia grow. But as manufacturing declined in the second half of the 20th century, large swaths of the rivers' banks fell into neglect, creating a physical and psychological barrier between citizens and the riverfronts.