Afternoon Quick Hits

Philadelphia surveys the field of contenders to succeed Mayor Michael Nutter and concludes desperate measures are needed to recruit better ones – like an ad on Craigslist; History rides the rails across North Philadelphia – and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has targeted the Northeast Corridor right-of-way as a space it wants to make greener; Paine’s Park, which formally opened where the Parkway meets Schuylkill Banks last Thursday, cost a good bit more than the typical publicly funded skatepark, but that’s because it’s a park for more than skateboarders; and the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott will continue to be the Marriott – the company just won’t own the hotel any more:

Desperately Seeking Leadership: Philadelphia’s Next Mayor (Philadelphia)
Rough but far from ruined: Seeing Philly’s past anew along the Northeast Corridor (Eyes on the Street blog|Plan Philly)
Philly Gets a New, Publicly Funded Skatepark for More Than Just Skaters (Next City)
Center City Marriott Up for Sale Possibly Due to Low Bookings at the Convention Center (CBS Philly)