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Riverfronts & Waterfronts

    • Anglers cast their lines for catfish at Pier 60 off Columbus Boulevard

At waterfront development site, a popular DIY rec space hangs in the balance

As rush-hour traffic grinds to a halt along Columbus Boulevard one afternoon in May, a slow flow of bicycles moves in a perpendicular direction, intermittently cutting across the road toward the…

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Lux townhouses are coming to a flood-prone island off the coast of Manayunk

City Council has given the green light on a contested rezoning that will allow residential development in a floodplain nestled between the Schuylkill River and the Manayunk Canal on Venice Island. …

    • New Grays Ferry Swing Bridge rendering | rendering courtesy of SRDC

Conrail donates Schuylkill swing bridge, clearing way for trail extension

The steady expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail took another step forward Wednesday morning. Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledged the Conrail’s gift  of the Schuylkill River Swing Bridge to the city of…

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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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