Back in early August we brought you word that a vital connection along the 22nd Street bike lane had been scraped and was ready for repaving. This section connects two important cycling arterials of Spring Garden and Fairmount Avenues. 22nd street, as a reminder, hosts the only dedicated bike lane west of Broad Street. Cycle Philly mapping for the area confirms heavy bike usage in the area:
Beginning late last year The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) began a series of public meetings with nearby stakeholders regarding their plans to develop 700 Schuylkill Avenue just south of the South Street Bridge. Preliminary plans were shown including promises for open public spaces and connections to the Schuylkill River Trail. These promises were made at the very earliest of CHOP's announcements and discussions with the neighborhood.
Either side of this path is hemmed in with large fencing.
A freeway that once hacked through downtown like a meat cleaver now holds 300 trees and a dog park. A future vision of Philadelphia, perhaps, but this already happened in a place hardly known for progressive urbanism: Dallas.