The Rapid Greening of Philadelphia Continues
I’m already on the record as highly enthused about the rapid greening of Philadelphia. That trend has continued to pick up steam with some significant new projects making visible progress in Center City.
Construction has begun on a large plaza/greenspace on the Market Street side of 30th Street Station. It will function as a park and event space with a cafe and seating, making one of the major gateways to Center City appreciably more inviting. Submissions for a naming contest are invited and the winner will receive a $500 Amtrak voucher.
Meanwhile, the city is testing a plan to follow New York City’s lead and start making its main thoroughfares more welcoming to pedestrians and bicyclists, a la Europe’s great metropolises. Lanes have been blocked off with cones on stretches of Market Street and JFK Boulevard to simulate each lane’s conversion into a bike lane with a green barrier. The loss of the lane is not expected to significantly incrase congestion. And with the proliferation of bicyclists in Center City (and their uneasy co-existence with Center City motorists) this sort of dedicated bike lane could lead to enhanced safety and traffic flows.