Off-street trails, buffered bike lanes, and grade separated pedestrian facilities improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Commuting on foot or by bike builds physical activity directly into daily routines, making it easier to achieve recommended levels of fitness and decreasing the chance of obesity and overweight-related illnesses.

Parking day 2012 got off to a slightly rough start for Ann Marie Schneider and Kate Farquhar when they discovered a driver had not respected their spot reservation sign. With their planned park choked with a parked car (of all things) they needed to extemporize. Fortunatly, after only a 45 minute delay, another spot opened up, and they finally started construction.

As students of James Corner (landscape architect for New York City High Line Park as well as Philadelphia’s own Race Street Pier) Schneider and Farquhar are very interested in the future of the Reading Viaduct. This was clearly one of the draws to this spot on North 11th Street, despite both artists currently reside in West Philly.

Schneider expressed her active concern regarding the if, when, and what in the future of the Viaduct. The artists also attempted to reflect the form and structure of this landmark in “soft materials” when they designed their park.

The 2012 edition of The 215 Festival will be held from November 1-4, with all events being held in the Eraserhood. The Eraserhood, of course, being the part of town where legendary noir fiction writer David Goodis once roamed, drunk and alone, and where David Lynch once accompanied himself home with a splintery two-by-four with nails hanging out of it, lest he meet evildoers. The place has come a long way since the 20th Century, and we’re pleased to tell you that events will be hosted at Underground Arts, PhilaMOCA, The Trestle Inn and other spaces in and around the neighborhood.

[So looking forward to this!]

(via » Blog Archive » Announcing The 215 Festival, November 1-4, 2012, In The Eraserhood!)

(via 329 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA – Google Maps)

Park for a Day?

According to the Philadelphia Park‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎(ing)‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ Day 2012 map, Kate Farquhar & Ann Marie Schneider will be converting a parking space here at 329 North 11th Street into a miniature park on September 21, 2012:

The number of parks throughout Philadelphia increases dramatically each year on the second Friday in September, when activists, artists, architects, and other citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. Known as Park(ing) Day, this annual event re-imagines the possibilities of 170 square feet of public space.  The event celebrates parks and other public spaces in cities across the country, and raises awareness of the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in our urban areas.

(via About Park(ing) Day – Park(ing) Day Philadelphia)

So if you stroll by on Friday, please snap a photo or two and email them to It would be awesome to have some photos of this event submitted!