Monday, March 19, 2012

The future of Philadelphia is the Delaware River Waterfront

Proposed Delaware River Waterfront Park

*Since today's subject offers so much information to potentially discuss, use the included links as your guide. They will help tell the story. 

If you keep on top of Philadelphia's development scene (either through this blog, or through other local news sources), this post should not be much different from anything you have already heard or read. What it will do is offer insight into how far along we have come.

But for those who are not familiar with the plans that are brewing on Philly's east coast, you will want to start off by reviewing the plans that have already been approved for the shores of Philadelphia's largest river; the Delaware River.

It all started about 5 years ago when the City of Philadelphia decided that it was time to connect Philadelphians back to their river. Neighborhoods like Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Pennsport, and Whitman all have long histories with the Delaware River. It wasn't until I-95 started being built back in the 1960s that residents were basically forced to disconnect from their river.

Race Street Pier

Fast forward to 2012, where the recreational success of the Schuylkill River has forced our local politicians to think differently about our largest water source. This latest Philly.com article helps explain where things stand today.

Below are some additional links:

A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware

Action Plan for the Central Delaware: 2008-2018

The Delaware River Trail

Developing the Waterfront

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