11.21.2007

NEW RIVER CITY

I was unable to attend last week's presentation by PennPraxis on the future of the Central Delaware waterfront, but I was able to work my way through the final report this morning: "Civic Vision for Central Delaware." I don't agree with all the particulars, but I appreciate the overall sentiment: honor the river's history, orient development and mobility around transit and not auto, balance commercial and natural uses. It's been a wrenching transition for Philadelphia to go from manufacturing mecca to modern metropolis, and the waterfront is a very visual component of that transition, so this plan represents a sneak peak at one potential way that this all plays out.
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