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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • 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,…

    • Inside Delaware Generating Station, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

Developers seek community support for Delaware power station overhaul

The developers who are hoping to redevelop the massive power station north of Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown have started making the rounds to drum up support from various community groups.…

    • K&T Trail segment in Lardner's Point Park, Tacony

Council authorizes acquisitions for Delaware River trails

At its last session of the year on Thursday, City Council adopted two bills authorizing the city to acquire property for recreational trails along the Delaware River waterfront. One bill would…

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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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