Philadelphia is ready to take action, with a bold civic vision for the central Delaware and an action plan that sets out the steps to implement that vision.
This action plan is written for the people of Philadelphia.
It is intended to guide the actions of Mayor Nutter, City Council, our future waterfront manager, riverfront developers and our civic and nonprofit leaders as we take the bold steps required to achieve a world-class waterfront.
The Delaware River is a vital public resource. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the development of the central Delaware is consistent with the goals and values of the thousands of Philadelphians who shared in the creation of A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware. This action plan will guide public, civic and private actions that will determine the character and quality of the central Delaware for generations to come.
This is a momentous time in the history of Philadelphia, and we cannot afford to allow the opportunities along the central Delaware yet again to elude our grasp. Significant resources, both public and private, will be pouring into this area. We have the opportunity right now to coordinate assets, leverage investments and make smart choices that will result in the creation of quality public spaces and a rational development framework. This action plan lays out strategies as well as specific actions that will create a central Delaware that will strengthen our economy, revitalize river neighborhoods, improve the health of the river and reclaim the river’s edge for public use and enjoyment.
The central Delaware is central to Philadelphia’s future. The wise redevelopment of this 7-mile stretch along the Delaware River offers an extraordinary opportunity for Philadelphia to grow its successful downtown, its recreational assets and its green public spaces.