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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • Festival Pier site, courtesy of DRWC

In Festival Pier a chance to set new course for waterfront development

This May I’ll go see The Replacements play at Festival Pier – one of many seasonal concerts that will bring the drab slab at the end of Spring Garden Street fleetingly…

    • River Wards district plan

PCPC hears about River Wards district planning

Tuesday, Philadelphia City Planning Commission staffer Ashley Richards walked PCPC commissioners through the Philadelphia2035 River Wards District Plan update. The PCPC is halfway through the 10-month-long River Wards planning process.  The first…

    • Trains to New Jersey

DRPA doings: Board drops Johnny Doc, Riverlink Ferry; gains wifi and SEPTA Key access

This morning's Delaware River Port Authority board meeting was about as jam-packed and exciting as transportation authority board meetings can get, replete with (extremely respectful) demonstrators, (long-planned) approvals for major projects,…

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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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