|Photo courtesy of OLIN/BCJ|
The City Branch is a SEPTA owned 2 mile long abandoned rail corridor that sits 30 feet below the surrounding cityscape. It begins just east of where the Reading Viaduct transitions down to Broad Street. It then passes under Broad Street and heads due West and disappears under Pennsylvania Ave, before jogging slightly and heading North.
|Light and air wells under Pennsylvania Ave|
|Connection along the front of the School District Building(Rotogravure building) originally designed by Albert Kahn|
|Connection to Community College of Philadelphia|
What is clear is that the current condition of the City Branch is such that it creates a drag on land use, property value, perception of safety, and overall health of the adjacent properties. Why not imagine something better? Well, we did.