Imagine a bike’s wheels whistling past maple trees, under historic bridges, and alongside antiquated train tracks on a promising summer afternoon. This simple image, now etched in my memory from a recent trip to Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail, tells the story of many restored urban waterways around the world.
It’s becoming trendy to turn abandoned, post-industrial lots into blossoming green spaces, especially around rivers. Rather than tearing down the past, urban planners are incorporating its remains into the present; industrial revolution train tracks now serve as flowerpots.
Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail reconnects residents with the waterway.