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Behold the Latest 'High Line'

Will Philly beat us to a high line? A new iteration of a high line park along the old Reading Railroad viaduct, which cuts a strip of blight North from the edge of Center City, has been put forth, profiled in The Architect's Newspaper. There are obstacles in its way, to be sure, chief among them the lack of private capital and celebrity support that NYC's high line engendered. Another, more concrete obstacle is the Chinatown Plan, which calls for the removal of portions of track for affordable housing construction. Similar in length to NYC's high line, the designs of landscape architect Bryan Hanes imagine an industrial playground-type feel. The project is said to have considerable public support. Bloomingdale, you've got competition. [The Architect's Newspaper]