PlanPhilly

Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • AAA elevations left and right

AAA says its plan for S. Columbus fits with the city's riverfront vision; critics say no such car-centered business could

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the auto service/travel agency/insurance agency/retail store it plans for 1601 S. Columbus Boulevard would fit within the city's plans for a pedestrian- and bike-friendly Central Delaware waterfront --…

    • Penns Landing master plan rendering

"Conceptual framework" for new Penn's Landing nearing completion

The latest concepts for Penn's Landing would replace what's now largely a sea of asphalt parking lots with green space framed by new residences and commercial activity, said members of the…

    • Proposed AAA auto entity

AAA to pitch riverfront repair and service center to planning commission Tuesday

Pennsport and Central Delaware advocates will argue that such an auto-centric use is clearly counter to the city's long-term waterfront goals. It wouldn't be allowed under current zoning, but AAA…

VIEW MORE

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

VIEW MORE

Logging in via Facebook

Log in

Subscribe to the PlanPhilly Mailing List