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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • The next segment of the Schuylkill River Trail will run between freight rail tracks and the water's edge from South to Christian streets.

Councilman Johnson’s bill clears path for Schuylkill River Trail extension to Christian Street

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced an ordinance Thursday authorizing the city to accept ownership of a small parcel of land from CSX Railroad, removing the final obstacle to the Schuylkill River Trail’s…

    • Barging through, life on and along the river | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Obama budget proposal includes funds to finish Delaware River dredging project

A project to deepen the Delaware River’s navigable channel is now full steam ahead, according to Senator Bob Casey. Sen. Casey’s office announced today that the large, multiyear project is set…

    • Council to introduce waterfront setback ordinance at first meeting

2015 on the Delaware River waterfront

There’s something new at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Tasker Street. It caught my eye the other day as I was gassing up my car across the way: It’s bright,…

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ABOUT RIVERFRONTS & WATERFRONTS

Once outright avoided because of its industrial contamination, waterfronts now represent some of the most valuable and sought-after real estate and public space opportunities in our cities.  William Penn knew the importance of waterfront land when he made the Delaware riverfront all common space, and later requiring public access to the river’s edge when the economic forces became too strong.  With the erection of I-95 along the Delaware, we officially lost our connection to Philadelphia’s original riverfront while park space along the Schuylkill River flourishes.  Different cities around the country have used different approaches to riverfront development, but the most successful ones have emphasized a balance of public space and private development.  Former Mayor John Street commissioned the most recent planning process for the central Delaware, which Mayor Nutter has helped realize by reconstituting the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and focusing them on implementing the citizen-driven vision.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN RIVERFRONTS & WATERFRONTS

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