Very Sad News: RIP Paul VanMeter

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An image of the Reading Viaduct from the VIADUCTgreene website.

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.

A private memorial will be held in March. Our condolences to Paul’s friends and family.

Read more about Paul in this thorough remembrance by Hidden City’s Nathaniel Popkin: