Over the weekend, we made an early-morning trip to Trader Joe's (no lines before 9am on a Sunday!) and afterward we decided to take a detour through West Philly to see whether we could stumble upon any theretofore unknown construction. We sadly came up empty on the construction front, but we did spy something exciting and at the very least new to us. Crossing the Schuylkill via the Market Street Bridge, we discovered a collection of planters on both sides of the bridge, and four pergolas to boot.
Planters in the foreground along with the two newest Cira buildings plus the IRS building
North side of Market Street, looking east toward Center City
Greenery plus 30th Street Station and the original Cira Centre
Thousands of people cross this bridge every day, and these planters surely make the trip a little more pleasant. But where did they come from? When did they arrive on the scene?
New green space is quickly becoming the rule in this area. Remember, the Porch opened a few years ago, bringing planters, food trucks, and activity to the south side of 30th Street Station. A year and a half ago, a green space arrived next door to the IRS building. For so many years, this area was almost exclusively dedicated to cars and trains, it's a welcome sight that pedestrians are finally getting some real consideration.