And just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more free outdoor fitness classes this spring, Fitness on The Porch rolled around: From now through the month of May, you’ll find a free fitness class happening on the south side of 30th Street Station every Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
Joe Biden is visiting Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station today, and Delaware’s favorite son showed up to sit in Amtrak’s new locomotive.
Veep Joe Biden sits in the front of Amtrak's new locomotive at 30th Street Station in Philly. Story upcoming. pic.twitter.com/Vb9xviCleH
— Kathy Matheson (@kmatheson) February 6, 2014
If you haven’t given up on AMTRAK or SEPTA regional rail after today’s ice storm and find yourself stranded at 30th Street Station and considering your second chalupa of the day, we’ve got a better suggestion.
JG Domestic is kicking off happy hour early today, starting at 3 p.m. Jose Garces’ restaurant attached to 30th Street Station will be offering smoked chicken wings (Apricot Chile Glaze, Whipped Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue) paired with a Sly Fox Helles for $10 or consider the JG Reuben (House corned beef, Swiss cheese, beer mustard, Sauerkraut).
JG Domestic [Foobooz]
New week, new openings. Or rather, re-openings. Today, West Plaza at 30th Street Station is open to the public once more. From the $30 million Amtrak-funded project, drivers should expect to see more parking spaces; bikers, 100 additional bike racks; and everyone, new outdoor seating options.
Apart from those consumer-oriented changes, steel infrastructure renovations below the pedestrian plaza are also taking place.
From Urban Engineers:
Urban Engineers (Urban) is managing the rehabilitation of the street-level West Plaza, as well as the ongoing work on the basement-level parking garage. Additionally, Urban is overseeing a separate construction contract involving structural steel replacement and painting at the passenger platform level.
A few weeks ago, Philly’s bike coalition drafted a petition asking Amtrak for better bike parking. (Due to rusty zombie bikes, minimal space, and ongoing construction, it’s near-impossible to get a spot.) To which Amtrak, along with the City, said…OK, fine. Bike racks are coming, baby! And apparently all it took was 184 signatures.
Amtrak is now seeking input on how to redevelop the area around 30th Street Station. More than 7 million passengers roll through the station every year, but it’s isolated from the community by the Schuylkill River, the highway, parking lots and several busy streets. A new master plan “will ‘identify commercial development opportunities’ around the station and develop ‘improved connectivity between the station and the neighboring community,’ including better auto, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access, Amtrak said.” [Philadelphia Inquirer]
University City District really knows how to do things right. It’s not only that their projects tend to be functional, popular and successful. It’s that when they have to present quote-unquote boring material, they know it’s better if it looks like candy.
Carefully examine the thorough case study results of UCD’s most popular project, The Porch at 30th Street Station, below, and you’ll see that the visuals by Interface Studio pleasingly evoke the sweetness of grape juice and the sticky tang of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Also, remember Fun Dip? This report, visually, is the Fun Dip of case studies.
On a day that won’t have you thinking about hanging outdoors, it might be nice to know about some outdoor events that are less than a month away. The Porch at 30th Street Station has announced its April programming. Formerly a parking lane and barren sidewalk, The Porch is now a urban planning success story. Here are the University City District’s food and drink related plans for the month of April.
As we let you know last week in our food truck guide, four Philly food trucks show up at the Farmer’s Market each week. Today’s trucks include Zea May’s Kitchen, Spot Burger, Say Cheese, and Nomad Pizza.
The Porch Farmer’s Market [Official Site]