Like New York City’s High Line, Philly’s proposed Rail Park has the potential to transform parts of Philadelphia and drive economic development in the surrounding areas, according to panelists at ULI Philadelphia’s Corner of Rail and Broad: Connecting the New Rail Park to North Broad, Neighborhoods and Center City event held on March 18. Hundreds of real estate folks joined media and project stakeholders at the Union League to learn more about the Rail Park project, a three mile long raised viaduct that will connect dozens of neighborhoods from Fairmount Park to Vine Street, is slated to break ground later this year.
Keynote speaker Patrick Cullina, an award-winning landscape designer who served as founding Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations for New York City’s High Line, described the Rail Park as a “meadow in the city that is uniquely Philadelphia.” He added that the urban landscape should be strategically manipulated to provide rich cultural and park-like experiences to the people of Philadelphia.
Panelists included Michael Garden, who serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Rail Park; Matt Pestronk, President, Post Brothers Apartments, which redeveloped the historic Goldtex building into 163 apartments and retail adjacent to the rail park; and Robert A. Zuritsky, President, Parkway Corp, which continues to develop residential and mixed-use properties along the corridor. James P. Creedon, Senior VP for Construction at Temple University, including Temple’s 20/20 plan and the revitalization of William Penn High School near the Rail Park, moderated the event.
As Michael Garden summed up, “This is one powerful site.”
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