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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

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DRWC announces summer season on the Central Delaware Waterfront

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) announced the full 2014 season of events along the Central Delaware Waterfront. The summer season includes dozens of FREE events ranging from a weekly movie…

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Spruce Street Harbor Park debuts this summer on the Delaware

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has announced the creation of the Spruce Street Harbor Park at the Penn’s Landing Marina.   This two-month summer program throughout July and August will bring…

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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 --…

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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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