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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • Councilman Henon points to Fish & Boat parcel

With Dietz & Watson transaction, city looks to kickstart reindustrialization

Early last September, an 11-alarm fire destroyed a 300,000-square-foot meat-packing plant in Delanco, New Jersey, owned by Dietz & Watson, a 75-year-old company headquartered in Northeast Philadelphia. Firefighters fought the blaze…

    • PennDOT's proposed design for Richmond and Cambria streets

PennDOT pleased to meet with waterfront advocates, but says I-95 widening is largely dictated by safety, efficiency standards

Image above shows PennDOT's proposed design for Richmond and Cambria streets. Concerned that the scheduled widening of I-95 through the Central Delaware Waterfront area could exacerbate the separation of city and…

    • Photo taken in May shows that DRWC fencing was cut

Exclusive: Teens using waterfront trail, piers in Pennsport for drinking parties

Organization that controls the trail and piers says it will change security procedures; police will reportedly increase patrols. Pennsport Civic Pres. says an improved community/river connection would bring more people and…

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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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