‘Beyond the High Line’ Series Explores Bold Ideas for Public Space


New York’s famed High Line was the backdrop Monday evening for high-minded discussion about innovative uses of public space. The event, which explored ideas for transforming the Reading Viaduct, an abandoned railway in Philadelphia, into a public park, was the latest in a series held in partnership with Next City.

From the High Line’s announcement:

Paul Levy, of Center City District, will present plans for his business improvement district’s vision of a Philadelphia destination centered around a transformed Reading Viaduct. Leah Murphy, of Interface Studio, will speak on behalf of Friends of the Rail Park, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the viaduct’s historical industrial character and existing self-seeded landscape.

LOCATION 14th Street Passage On the High Line at West 14th Street
This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. A free reception with the speakers will follow the presentation.
Stay for dinner and dessert after the talk. On the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Streets you will find tacos, gelato, ice pops, and more seasonal treats from our food vendors, as well as Terroir at The Porch, a full-service, open-air café serving beer, wine, and small plates with sweeping views of the Hudson River.

More information:

Talk: Beyond the High Line: Transforming Philadelphia

Taking Public Space Beyond the High Line (Next City)

Friends of the Rail Park (Philadelphia)


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