Our friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council sent us a few links today for new steps in sustainability for Philadelphia, and we wanted to share. Kaid Benfield, a blogger and Director of Sustainable Communities for NRDC, posted yesterday that
If you care about green cities, you have to like a lot of what’s happening in Philadelphia lately, from land use planning to watershed management to the greening of vacant and blighted lots and, now, the opening of a lively new public space that makes the city a better place to live, work and visit.
Well, as Philadelphia natives, we have to agree that Philadelphia is quickly becoming a better place to live. As Benfield wrote in his post yesterday, for those of us who commute via 30th Street Station, a new park called “The Porch” has made the walk from the train more fun. On any given day, there could be a pianist playing the outdoor upright piano, people playing minigolf, a farmer’s market or an art installation. The relatively-new Schuylkill Banks park has increased the green space along the river and now hosts kayak tours, interpretive nature signage and a “movies on the green” series. Penn Park, the University of Pennsylvania’s expansive revitalization project, has also added to the green space along the riverfront, with trees, playing fields and walking trails.