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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

Zoning board denies appeal for AAA on Columbus Boulevard

A proposal to build a AAA car repair and insurance office on a vacant lot on Columbus Boulevard is in trouble following a decision of the zoning board earlier this month.…

    • Council to introduce waterfront setback ordinance at first meeting

Waterfront corporation goes 'mayor-proof', adds advocacy group to board

When the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was formed in 2009, a year after Mayor Michael Nutter took office, the mission of the new agency was to help create and guide a…

    • Looking south from 56th Street, Bartram's Mile offers sweeping views

$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

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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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