Today in Overblown Listings Copy: the Reading Viaduct = the NY Highline

The listings copy for what seems to be a perfectly nice two-bedroom, bi-level Callowhill loft reads:

Remarks: Walk to Lift Cafe and Prohibition Taproom or walk Philly’s version of the Highline called the Reading Viaduct!

Philly’s version of the Highline? The whole problem is that Philly doesn’t have a version of the Highline. And the Reading Viaduct is far, far, far from anything like the Highline.

To wit…

First we have the New York Highline in a photo taken by Nicholas Noyes:

new-york-highline

Photo by Nicholas Noyes via Flickr.

And then we have the Reading Viaduct in a photo from PlanPhilly EyesOnTheStreet:

Photo by Eyes on the Street/Plan Philly via Flickr.

Photo by Eyes on the Street/Plan Philly via Flickr.

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  • Steve

    Well, I just had a nice walk through the lobby of Philly’s version of One World Trade Center called The Comcast Center.

    • Liz Spikol

      Good one!

  • Steve

    Well, I just had a nice walk through the lobby of Philly’s version of One World Trade Center called The Comcast Center.

  • Jack Cotter

    Mmm that just screams tetanus

  • Jack Cotter

    Mmm that just screams tetanus

  • Dutch

    Maclin is a pretty savvy guy. 25, coming into this final year with respectable stats. His best option may be to play out his deal and begin to look for suitors in a more committed passing attack. He would do well with Andrew Luck with the Colts or out in San Diego with Phillip Rivers where he has a steady QB situation in,an Offense suited to his skill level. This is not the best of times in Philly for a receiver to renegotiate considering the offense Kelly is noted for running.

    Maclin could do well going home to the Kansas City Chiefs with Andy Reid and Axel Smith. He has better options and a brighter outlook than resigning with the Eagles.

  • UKEagle99

    DeSean should have renamed the Rap ‘Losing Season on my Neck’ and released it on his 4-12 label.

    I hope we have more positive things to talk about DeSean in the coming months.

  • cliff henny

    it’s going to take a game or 2 to get used to the Eagles being a power run team. just cant wait for a 12 play td drive that 11 runs, picking up couple 3rd and 1’s with ease.

    • nicksaenz1

      all while eating 8 minutes from the clock.

      • cliff henny

        guess it depends on quarter and score. heck,12 plays might take 2-3mins in 1st. make sure beer is fresh and chip bowl is full, no snack breaks when eagles are on offense

        • Andy124

          DVR – pause live TV for more beer. Skip through commercials. It’s glorious.

          • cliff henny

            could be lazy like me, i pack a beach cooler and put it next to me. solved that huge hassle of walking all the way to fridge

        • nicksaenz1

          It was more wishful thinking than anything.

      • JBrooks

        Not saying that the offense will be as dominant as Oregon was but Coach Kelly didn’t have many 8 minute drives. Either way I am with you guys, it will be a breath of fresh air to see the Eagles run the ball with some conviction. McCoy is going to be a beast in this system!

  • since1961

    So it seems

  • Dasdip

    I just had that exact same thought. Then scrolled down to see it at the top of the comments. This team is going to need talented safety play, and I’m just not buying it.

  • poetx99

    out of all of the places he’s been and all of the schemes he’s been in, this is the one he deems worthy of implementing now that he is running the show. what’s wrong with that?

    i’d be more concerned if he was hearkening back to something that has been discredited or antiquated.

    would it give you more confidence to think of him implementing a scheme which has only been run in AZ? or a scheme with a multiple super bowl pedigree and architects and disciples held in esteem throughout the league to this day?

  • Dutch

    You know what I see developing, I see ends and OLBs being slowed in their rush. If that occurs athletic tackles will be able to get better angles on rushers.

    Decreasing the speed of rushing Linebackers and Ends for an instance opens your passing game providing at the very least .05 to 1.0 secs. The defense of the option will require a pick your poison solution with great press corners that can’t look for help over the top. Or monster tackles in the likes of Atkins and Fletcher.

    • Corry

      I think you’re going to see the monster defensive players. Sure they’re not common place, but teams are definitely going to be on the look out for them.

      The best part of football is the constant evolution of the game and the move/counter-move nature of it.

      Anyways, I think I’ve spent enough time defending my position. Thank you for the discussion.

  • Engwrite

    I agree. I tend to think that 2013 will see a lot of high scoring games which we will win or lose depending on the numbers of possessions. The Eagles defense is unsettled in terms of scheme and personnel so 2013 will serve to weed out players and identify needs. My concern is two fold: Davis hasn’t been successful in the past (which I have read can be attributed to following his predecessor’s systems) and (2) this article implies he is using the basic Steeler D as a template. In other words, he may be where LeBeau was at the outset. The hope is that he will progress quickly and by 2014, with an infusion of personnel and one year experience on ‘his’ brand of D, the Eagles D will be good and getting better every year.

  • Kuney

    I think the best approach with this defense is to just be overly aggressive and focus on the turnovers. I’m not sure we have the players to play full all around sound defense, so why not go the other way and gamble and force the tempo on that side of the ball too. They’re going to give up points regardless.
    If kelly can walk on water i’m not worried about getting in a shoot out. What will kill us is if we go three and out and then then the other team has those long sustained drives because were trying to react. Those will be the ugly games that will have people second guessing.
    At least give the defense an identity and they are clearly not ready to be the bend but don’t break of old.

  • GEagle

    I get that we didn’t add any sure shot NFL defensive gamebreakers. Trust me I get it….but what did you want on the market that we missed out on?…There were players that might have been slightly better than who we got…but there is NO WAY of telling if they would have agreed to deals that we can bail out on, that will force these free agents to stay hungry and produce if they want their money..
    ….
    Btw, before I forget I have to take my shot at the Philly Media…Im still hearing the damn word “Sconces” because a player missed non mandatory practice…that’s fine and all, but if the media wants to rebel rouse the fanbase against a player, then I expect them to be fair and report when he is doing right….Its not a scandalous and gossipy story, so the media doesn’t really care, but for those that do…
    ..
    Cary Williams was the first CB to show up for camp…He was there like 3 days early this week, watching Film with coaches…His attendance wasn’t MANDATORY either!!!

  • JofreyRice

    The Colts have a a very good QB, but he threw a lot of questionable balls into very tight coverage, and made the name on the back his jersey very appropriate in ’12. Don’t get me wrong, he looks like he’ll end up being a great player, but besides throwing the second most number of interceptions in the league last year, with 18, football outsiders has him down for 14 *additional* dropped interceptions, in their adjusted interceptions stat.

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2013/adjusted-interceptions-2012

    RG3 was the truth before he got to Washington. I give them credit for bringing in the triple option to make the most of his skills, but I also think he has a lot to offer as a passer in a more conventional system as well.

    You’re acting like you’ve been studying Davis’ career for years, and are cluing the rest of us in on an up and coming Bill Belichick type. Plenty of crappy coaches come from good trees. Look at Sean McDoormat, the punk errand boy for JJ. Davis has been underwhelming in his stints as D-Coordinator.

  • GEagle

    of course! I don’t mind hearing that in jest from fans…But I despise hearing it in a rebel rousing way from the media…I actually think Sconces should be his nickname, but when I say it, Im not implying look at what this POS said, he cares more about sconces than the team, which was basically what the media was trying to say

    • Andy124

      “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” ~Inigo Montoya
      “rabble rousing”
      Not trying to be a grammar nazi, just sharing a little knowledge.

  • GEagle

    Since Im talking to a fanbase that doesn’t have much faith in the direction we are headed on defense, and since Howie has basically structured contracts where he can cut whoever he wants in 2015..Im curious to get a reading on the fans…How Many of the defenders in our main rotation this year, will still be here contributing to what many believe will be a good defense by 2015?
    ..
    How many of our current defenders(the ones expected to play big minutes this year) will still be contributing in 2015, and who do people feel needs to be replaced, as in, NO HOPE THIS PLAYER EVER PLAYS FOR A GOOD DEFENSE?

    • CJ

      Who will still be contributing in 2 years?
      Ryans and Phillips ? (assuming they can still stand by then)
      Kendricks
      Cox

      Maybes: Maybe Graham, the rookies are too early to tell.

      Who needs to go now?
      I’d venture to guess by 2015 the whole freaking secondary gets revamped again.

      • Richard Colton

        Can’t argue with your list, and that’s only if things break RIGHT for the team. We might be looking at 8 new starters on D by the time this team is ready to compete. I’ll take Phillips off your list, because I don’t think he’ll ever be healthy, and add Boykin, ’cause what the hell – it’s still July.

        • GEagle

          I think Boykin will be here for a long time…Poyer can play Nickle, but he isn’t half the athlete Boyk is!…I put a TON of stock into Nickle CB’s…very under appreciayted, and its a position I don’t like to mess around with(kind of like a pitcher), If Its working, Leave him alone and don’t mess with it!

      • GEagle

        ITS VERY POSSIBLE that this entire secondary is gone…if you want my hypothesis its that one of the two, Cary and Bradley will develop into players we keep, and our starting CB on the opposite side will get drafted this next offseason…I still am not ready to give up my Jarius Byrd Pipe Dream, and CHUNG will be here because he would accept a backup role and still be a special teams beast..However, if you keep Chung out of Coverage, there is a chance he gets to keep his spot in 2015(I damn sure wouldn’t hold my breath)..
        .
        Barwin and Kendricks arent going anywhere!!!!…
        ..
        Graham is a sticky situation because of having to extend him, wouldn’t rule it out tho…
        ..
        Best Odds to NOT be here in 2015?
        I would go with, God I hate to say this, Vinny Curry, Sopo Obviously, Cole obviously(although I have more hope for him today then I did this past Wednesday due to some things I have heard)..Kenny Phillips, 1 of the CBs Cary or Fletch wont be here

  • Max Lightfoot

    I’d sure like to see a running attack develop rather than them being the quickest three-and-out team in the history of the NFL. Hopefully the O-line stays nice and healthy and mean. And out there in the Midwest, any week now Andy Reid will announce his intention to establish a Chiefs running game …

  • GEagle

    Im DISGUSTED!….my day is ruined. Don’t know how serious it is, but Benn left with a knee injury today, which is one of the last things I wanted to hear today!

    Sucks cause Chips pressconference had me so hype! McPherson and Lane together made for a pretty good interview…The inside training camp segment on Kelce(talkin bout last year) was awesome….and then I find out about Benn….DAY RUINED! talk to you’s tomorrow!

    • Token

      See, dont you feel this is going a little far? You love this guy. Hes a nothing. Hes never been anything in the NFL. It would be simply amazing if he could get 4-500 yards this season.

      • GEagle

        Loved this kid in College, young 2nd round pick..ranked 5th and then 11th in consecutive seasons in YAC, playing without the best QB..IF ANY PLAYER is poised to produce, if he can stop getting injured and get some damn continuity is this dude! Do you realize what a ST contributor he could be? Are you really concerned about his ability to beat the crap out of defensive backs in the run block game?

        Going a little to far? Don’t you think only caring about whether a guy can have 500 yards sounds a little fanboyish? Do you know how much dirty work that goes un noticed in a stat sheet needs to be done for a team to have success?

        I don’t think IN ALL MY PRAISE of Benn(which you take so much offense to lol) Did I ever mention any expectations of growing into this monster Brandon Marshall junior type…but, Because of Chip being here, Benn has serious value to this team in so many other ways then being the next terrel Owens in the pass game….YOU DAMN RIGHT, IM EXCITED about getting a FAST, PHYSICAL, BIG BOY Reciever, who can do a ton on ST, while also punishing DBs in the run game, and occasionally ripping off a Huge play, Especially considering all the attention opposing defenses will have to give to the rest of his teammates…SO NO, I don’t think Im going overboard at all. I appreciate and Understand how important the dirty work doing Iike Reeses of the world are…A guy that will do Dirty work, while having the ability to break off a big play here and there, IMO, is something to get excited about…Losing him the first day of TC,…NOT EXCITING TO ME!!!

        • GiveMeABreak

          Benn’s a bust. Over-rated out of HS and under-performed at Illinois. Lacks great speed, not particularly quick. Not surprising he did not work out at TB. Also, not surprising that he landed on our GM’s radar. He has a nose for this kind of player. Having said that, I hope he’s not hurt badly and that he gets a chance to prove me wrong.

    • poetx99

      fwiw, more reps for momah. i want benn to be healthy, make the team, and be a solid contributor.

      if its not in the cards, though, i’d rather it be sooner than later, especially if it opens up opptys for harold carmichel 2.0 to get more reps with the ones and have a better shot at making the team outright and/or being a solid contributor as opposed to being in contention for the PS.

      • GEagle

        I cant disagree…But Its hard to say, well this guy would have just gotten injured in the preseason anyway…

        BTW, if anyone is having a bad day, go listen to what Chip said about Desean and Peters today, and you will smile!!!

    • Mr. Wu

      dang poor kid…..guess some of these guys are just made of glass. shame. I hope Kenny Phillips doesn’t join this list but I have a feeling he will unfortunately.

      • GEagle

        I don’t know the extent of the injury….Lets hop[e its a precaution, or a sprain….Either way, you don’t even want to hear guys like Benn and Phillips knees even mentioned…You know?

  • poetx99

    fair enough. if i’m starting off, though, and have the chance to direct ppl to my shining lineage or a couple of examples of mediocrity, guess which one i’m pointing out. and we don’t know how much autonomy he had even when in charge of the d in SF or AZ (or here, for that matter). the HC or FO may have said, you’re hired if you come in and run this scheme.

    -shrug-

    i hope i’m right while conceding that you could be.

    • GiveMeABreak

      I hope you’re right too. As a long time fan, a bad offense is frustrating but a bad defense is intolerable.

  • Token

    Just watch some RG3 games. You are out of your depth here. The guy is a great passer.

    I think the Shanahan’s are a bad fit for RG3, but at the end of the day its hard to mess up a talent like that. But they sure are trying hard.

    • GEagle

      you are out of your depth even trying to comprehend what Im trying to say lol……..ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE SATS AND YOU WILL BE BLOWN AWAY BY HOW RG3 THREW THE BALL. He threw for a lot of yards and completed a high amount….Sorry you cant comprehend more than a laimon view of stats…..

      Let me try to dumb this down as much as I can for you:
      RG3 did NOTHING wrong last year! He was LIGHTS OUT IN EVERY SINGLE FOCXKIN WAY POSSIBLE!!!(and Im not being sarcastic the least bit)…Take a fockin second to digest that so that I wont be misunderstood!!… Ready?….
      ….
      He did EVERYTHING that was asked for him at a RIDICULOUSLY HIGH LEVEL AND WAS LIGHTS Fockin out!….Understand?
      ….
      However, he got to play the QB positions with ridiculously valuable advantages that WILL NOT ALWAYS BE THERE!!!!
      DC’s not ready for his skill set in that Offense, made it so the Game was EASIER than it will probably ever be for him. His abilities in that RUN GAME based offense, caused I wont say Easy, but rather DEFINED throws…were there was really No Question where the ball was going. It was goingf to either otion A, or B…and if DC’s continue to allow that, this MAN WILL GO ON TO BECOME THE GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER THE WORLD HAS FRIGGIN SEEN!… But til this point, every time we saw something like this, defenses adapted and it got taken away…MY GUESS is that there is going to be a time where DC’s SHUT THAT ISH DOWN and he is forced to go thru his progressions and get the ball to maybe his 4th option….SINCE HE HASNT HAD TO PLAY THE GAME THAT WAY YET, why the hell would I just assume he is Incredible at it?

      Shannahan already will have to be more cautious with the play calling…whats going to happen if Alfred gets knocked out for two games?…
      Now If you want my Hypothesis, its that RG3 will Learn to be able to handle and succeed in that facet of the game, when DC’s learn to take away that other stuff he has enjoyed to this point and that Ultimately, if his knees don’t get killed, and he doesn’t get concussed, I think this kid will grow into an Elite QB, like most people and have an EPIC CAREER. I repeat, I EXPECT RG3 to HAVE AN EPIC YEAR…..I JUST HAVE MY RESERVATIONS ABOUT HIS SOPHMORE SEASON!…If you read my phase 1, and Phase 2 developmental talk…The true measure to a player is once he has success, and defenses adjust and pay attention to him, how he overcomes THAT and Keeps his same production that made him the MAN in Phase 1 of development…That hasn’t happened yet….I think the world of RG3 like everyone else does, I just think he has high odds to stumble in his sophomore season…

      I basically think he can easily grow into a player that can do all those things I talk about him not having to do yet, and do them at a high level….I guess, Im just not as convinced as most people that it will happen overnight….

      I was discussing, who would have a better SOPHMORE SEASON, and I think its going to be Luck….That doesn’t mean that I don’t think Both can be great QBs, and that I wouldn’t give up my first born for either!!! Andrew Luck and Rg3? or Foles and Barkley? who the hell you chosing? lol

      • turf toe joes

        With that said, that’s why it makes all the more sense that if Vick is the QB we will win more games that projected. For those enamored with RG3 last year, its a prelude to what Vick, the Eagles could’ve been. Threat to throw or run from QB….check! Beastly run game? Redskins….Morris, check. Eagles? Could have but, Andy frickin Reid! And I definitely know our receiving corps is better than the Redskins

    • Richard Colton

      How will he have time to pass when he’s getting pounded by Cox all day?

  • Token

    lol you at least keep me laughing. Billy Davis is a nobody. He was a gofer at PIT. Hes not from that tree. He got the big boys coffee while they were watching film. He was the Eagles 4th or 5th choice when nobody else wanted to work with Chip and this talent deficient defensive unit.

    Didnt we set records the last two years for passing TDs allowed or something like that? But please, tell me how packed we are with talent.

    • GEagle

      hahahah who the hell will you be counting on this year, that was even here when we were allowing QBs to shred our secondary? lol

      Brandon Graham only pressured the QB 50 Fockin percent of the time he was in the game last year..Got forbid we get excited at what he can do with one more season of growth, continuity, knee healing, and a running head start from the OLB position…Look, Graham could have been fockin Reggie White Reincarnated last year, and Wash still would have had Babin in the game/…It takes a miserable jaded person to not get excited about Brandon Graham! lol
      ..
      Just Imagine What Meco would have looked like last year in a healthy environment…1 more year of continuity after injury. Yeah, why the hell would that excite us lol…

      Connar Barwin had 11 sacks a year ago, and last year he was pressuring QBs on about 10 of Watts 20 sacks lol, and had like 4 of his own, all while doing a ton of dirty work work…Its his 3rd year getting playing time, why would we be excited about that Bum? A starter at a major position, from one of the NFLs top defenses lol…

      Cary, ROUGH regular season, but after seeing Every team go after him in the post season and him hold his own, you don’t think its possible that he was growing as a player? If Cary would have started the season playing how he did in the playoffs, and then played like he did in the regular season…I probably wouldn’t be excited,…But Im willing to bet Howie signed him because he saw constant progression as the season went along, which is what you need to see in young players..

      I don’t even know why I would respond to such an ignorant opinion..I should Know better..1 Token, the Geoagle 0

    • GiveMeABreak

      Awesome!

  • GEagle

    Wonder if cutting Powell today means we are going to sign Obrien Scofield? Cant remember if Scofield was there when Billy was…This is what, scofields 3rd or 4th year?

  • JofreyRice

    Does Wolff really have a lot to lose? A 5th round rookie that’s GUARANTEED a roster spot, because of the other trash at safety, promoted to starter b/c of continued horrible play by Allen. The only thing I see him losing is the chance to start for a pro football team from day 1 of his career, which is not a given for a 5th round pick at arguably the most complicated position on defense.

    The dearth of talent in the secondary is going to keep giving Wolff chances to make his mark beyond this game. Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman have been proving they stink for yearsnow , and the Eagles probably STILL can’t cut them both.

    • Token

      Id be glad if he started for a couple reasons.

      1. It gives him the entire season to show that hes not very good. Forcing them, I would hope, to properly address the position next offseason. Instead of playing the, “well we expect Wolff to take another step this year with more playing time” card.

      2. Theres the outside chance that he surprises us and becomes a player. We KNOW Allen and Coleman arent NFL players. Why keep beating that dead horse every year. Id rather watch an unknown, let him prove himself one way or the other. Im sure theres been players that look like garbage on their college tape and then blossom into NFL players. Maybe he is one?

    • aub32

      I agree. If anything, he has more to gain than he does to lose.

  • GEagle

    Tim, you gave Dixon a pass. If you are injured fringe vet like Dixon, being injured and not able to play isn’t going to save you from being cut. While he sat out of last weeks game, young bucks like Curry,Logan,Square started to make a name for themselves. I don’t see any way that we could keep more than 7 Dlineman, and it might be as little as 6:
    1)Cox
    2)Soap
    3)Cedrick
    4)Logan
    5)Curry
    I don’t think any of them are in danger of not making this roster..

    Square has put himself on the map this summer, in practice and game 1..
    ..
    the reAity of the situation is you have 4 guys fighting for 1 or 2 spots:
    Gaethers
    Dixon
    Sqaures
    Kruger

    Dixon has as much, if not more to lose tonight than Gaethers

    • cliff henny

      7 has to max, i’d carry 6, since graham and cole are still very capable ends if injuries get out of hand in a game. ps squad kruger and sqares. gaethers seems like the old ‘first off the bus guy’ we all played with, but it never translate to the field

      • GEagle

        Yeah there is just no way to keep 8, and like you said practically all our OLBs can still play on the line when we go to 4man fronts.

        square and Kruger on a practice squad scare me, but it a real possibility

        • cliff henny

          i down voted you…just because i cant read a response from you unless it has it’s customary down vote. lol…you’re original post was up maybe 30 secs b4 it got popped

          • GEagle

            Lol

          • cliff henny

            bam, again. squares is interesting. sure you read tommy saying he’s probably already playing at his ceiling. we know kruger is a yr away. if they have to protect him, can live with giving him 7th spot. dont think we have to worry about squares. and if he is snagged, lsu bama georgia, etc will put another one of him out next yr. sec knows how to build d-line guys

          • Andy124

            “I went and down voted everyone else’s comment”

            “I have literally never down voted anyone in my life without responding underneath”
            Hmmmm….

            “BUT YOU READ ME!!!”
            fwiw, it’s entirely possible to downvote a post without reading it. :)

          • GEagle

            I just down voted you, and I refuse to tell you why! Lol

          • Andy124

            Didn’t you see my post about high blood pressure? I can’t handle any downvotes before a doctor’s appt. man. How can you do that to me?

  • GEagle

    I’m stoked to see How Logan and Wolff do tonight against NFL starts…I also hope that they give Square a snap or two against starters just to see if he hits a wall

  • Andy124

    280 comments and counting. Think people are excited about the game tonight? Most interesting pre-season ever?