DRWC Aims To Improve Transit Along Developing Philly Waterfront

By Mike DeNardo March 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

A key nonprofit is looking at encouraging the expansion of transit options along the Delaware River.

With increased residential development and seasonal attractions like Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Delaware River waterfront is becoming more of a destination. So the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is looking at non-automotive ways to get more people to and from the riverfront.


FEBRUARY CDAG Board Meeting Thursday, February 8, 6:00PM

The CDAG February board meeting is next Thursday:
Thursday, February 8, 6:00PM
Society Hill Towers Community Room
6:00 Call to Order and Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
6:05 Officer Reports
6:15 Presentation: South Columbus Blvd (former Foxwoods site) residential development proposal:
6:45 Update: WaWa + gas station zoning variance case for former Foxwoods site
6:55 Update: Central Delaware Zoning Overlay (CDO) amendment bill status
* See summary below of main changes to CDO
7:05 Update: City Council Affordable Housing Bill
7:15 Old Business
7:20 New Business
7:30 Adjournment
See you there!

Two Delaware waterfront projects that welcome pedestrians

The tide turns on Delaware waterfront with two projects that welcome pedestrians

by Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic  @IngaSaffron  isaffron@phillynews.com

For decades, Philadelphia has dreamed of lining its two rivers with urbane apartment houses, only to end up with an unsightly jumble of garage-dominated towers, big-box stores, fast-food restaurants, and surface lots. Developers keep telling us the threat of flooding makes it impossible for them to build the kind of pedestrian-friendly projects that would help the waterfronts evolve into real neighborhoods. And so we end up with horrors like Dockside on the Delaware and PMC’s latest Schuylkill River apartment project, where the first thing visitors see is the soaring wall of a garage.

 Two recent proposals for the Delaware offer clever workarounds to this depressing situation. The architects for Piers 34-35 (immediately south of Dockside) and for the former Foxwoods site have come up with housing designs that prioritize pedestrians and public space while still managing to accommodate parking. If they can do it, so can other waterfront projects.