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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

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UPDATED: Councilman delays vote on land purchase for prison replacement

UPDATED, Thurs., May 21:  On Thursday, Councilman Bobby Henon refrained from calling a vote on a bill he introduced that would authorize the city to negotiate for the purchase of a…

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RiverLink Schedule released; DRWC reiterates intentions to launch water taxis

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation released the RiverLink’s schedule in a press release today, and announced official plans to incorporate its small fleet of water taxis into “a comprehensive marine transportation…

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Del. River Waterfront Corp. advances Race Street, Spruce Street connection projects

Just in time for summer, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is starting, re-starting, or advancing a handful of construction, infrastructure and transportation projects to help connect Penn’s Landing to the rest…

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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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