Natural causes can be cruel. Paul VanMeter, who co-founded VIADUCTgreene, died on Thursday at a too-young 54. Paul was one of those advocates for the city who get down into the nitty-gritty of one very specific goal — in his case, the rehabilitation of the defunct span of railroad tracks known as the Reading Viaduct. His obituary in the Reading Eagle said, “Paul had a life-long love and near-encyclopedic knowledge of trains, railroads, and their influence in shaping landscapes and communities” — knowledge he brought to his work with the non-profit.
If you haven’t already seen it, Philly mag’s Simon Van Zuylen-Wood posted a promo video for the Reading Viaduct Park project and we highly recommend it. Good job Friends of the Rail Park!
Friends of the Rail Park have released a beautifully-shot promo/fundraiser video for their exciting Reading Viaduct project, which if realized, would span from NoLibs to the berth of Fairmount Park, by the Art Museum. (The first phase, slated for construction in 2014, would turn the old viaduct, north of RTM, into Highline-esque green space.) The only thing that would make this video more visually appealing is if Ed Rendell had used a lint brush before appearing on camera. C’mon Ed!
Each year the website Philebrity solicits votes for its annual awards, which include categories ranging from General Fabulousness to Non-Profit of the Year. This year there are several contenders who speak to Property’s mission. They are people and organizations who make significant, consistent contributions to the discourse around Philadelphia’s built environment, who promote design and architecture, who advocate to make the city a better place to live, who educate its residents. We can’t speak to Phoodie of the Year, but we chose our winners in categories we feel are relevant.
The High Line in New York has provided Philadelphia with a blueprint of what to do with the Reading Viaduct in Philadelphia. But a good idea needs money. And this week the Friends of the Rail Park are hosting a fundraiser along the viaduct.
The party starts at sunset, and what better way to start a party than with a pig roast, pizza, and more from the Thirteenth Street Kitchens (Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, and Bufad). Rival Bros. will be providing coffee to keep the party going, alongside beer from Yards Brewing Co.
And when the sun goes down, the party really starts. Belly dancing fire throwers will be doing just that, amongst some other awesome entertainment:
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.
The Trestle Inn at 11th and Callowhill will be adding Sunday brunch starting on New Year’s Day. How better to start the New Year than by drinking bacon washed bourbon cocktails while a drag queen performs your favorite tunes (Sounds like 2012 is going to be a year David Lynch is going to be proud of)?
Brunch fare includes:
- House-made sticky buns
- Nutella and banana crepes
- cereal, made with house made granola
- biscuits and gravy
- English breakfast
- savory crepes
- bison bacon burger
The menu will also include new hearty vegan and vegetarian options. Since this is a brunch where drinking would seem to be a must, there’s no surprise bar manager Jake Goldberg has created some special cocktails: