What Will Philly Look Like In 2035?
The architecture critic’s take on the Commission’s 227-page projection of the city’s future? “It sounds like a shinier version of today’s Philadelphia, one without the poverty and blight.” The plan calls for vacant lots to be transformed into small parks, a public rail along Roosevelt Boulevard to tie in the Northeast, and the construction of an elevated park on the Reading Viaduct, but skips the hassle of dealing with I-95. The report also predicts that the city will attract an additional 100,000 residents over the next quarter-century. The Scoop likes parks, but doesn’t want to think about what 100,000 more Philadelphians will do to traffic. Not to mention bike lanes. [Inquirer]