A Preview To A Preview Of Capped Railyards

 

An Inquirer graphic depicting the proposed redevelopment of the railyards north of 30th Street Station

An Inquirer graphic depicting the proposed redevelopment of the railyards north of 30th Street Station

  • The framework for the draft plan for the so-called 30th Street Station District Plan will be unveiled tomorrow at that station, reports The Inquirer’s Jacob Adelman. “The framework is the bones of what will be the future vision,” explains project director Natalie Shieh. “Where the street networks will be, where transportation improvements will be, where will be developed, where will there be parks.” Due to engineering challenges, 10 of the railyard’s 80 acres will not be capped. Yet such gaps within what would otherwise be “a dense neighborhood of homes and offices” could be attenuated with pedestrian bridges and new parks.
  • After 41 years of local control, the regulation of billboards along Philadelphia’s state and federal highways are now under the purview of PennDOT, says Plan Philly. Scenic Philadelphia, an advocacy group that has pushed for such a move for nearly twenty years, praised the move, stressing that “the bottom line is that billboards in Philadelphia will be subject to much more serious scrutiny, and violations dealt with much more quickly than they were under city control.”
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