I haven’t been on the Schuyllkill River trail in a few months (the portion that leads from the Water Works near the Art Museum down to Locust Street, that is) and was pleasantly surprised to see what a transformation this section has undergone this past season. What used to be a barren blacktop trail with little shade (save the occasional bridge/overpass) and completely devoid of vegetation is now a scenic running/walking path, all green & leafy with newly planted treelings and bushes, a few benches, and areas with bricked pavement. The new condos near Arch Street are coming along as well. The train tracks are still unsightly, but I guess there is little that can be done there. I wonder if the new residents of the condo’s are aware that they may have to deal with the trailer cars filled with garbage that are sometimes parked on the tracks in that area (I used to see them on weekends mostly)–they give off a strong, noisome stench. Oh well, at least they’ll have a lovely view of the river and the Cira Center to look upon.