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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • A rendering of the Central Delaware River waterfront produced as part of the riverfront planning process.

With new towers coming to the Delaware River waterfront, proposed rules encourage public access

As developers descend on the Delaware River waterfront with plans for luxurious new high-rises, city officials are considering a bill intended to protect public access to the scenic waterway. Introduced by…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Knight Foundation funds citywide conversation about park over I-95

A newly funded citywide public engagement campaign will be designed to give all Philadelphians a chance to shape plans for a new waterfront park over I-95 at Penn's Landing, project officials said…

    • The remade Cherry Street Pier will open on Oct. 12.

Inside Cherry Street Pier's $5 million remake

With less than a month and a half left until the scheduled opening of the renovated Cherry Street Pier on Oct. 12, the 99-year-old structure on Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront is…

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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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