From the director’s desk, Feb. 8

Dear PlanPhilly member,

Many exciting events are coming up in the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, and as always, your participation is paramount.  Please join us for the following:

Principles Sessions

The final step before beginning design is another round of public forums, the first one coming up MONDAY!  These “Principle Sessions” are crucial in the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, as the results will directly inform future development of the public waterfront.

Monday, February 12: Saint Peter’s School, 319 Lombard Street, Society Hill

Tuesday, February 13: Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 North Second Street, Northern Liberties

Tuesday, February 20: Furness High School, 1900 South Third Street, Pennsport

Light dinner will be served at both events, which will run from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00
Register to attend today at

Your participation is vital, as Harris Sokoloff of Penn’s Graduate School of Education will help us work through the values we discussed in our December forums to create “principles” for waterfront development.  These principles will be the foundation for the design of the waterfront vision, so come let your
voice be heard!
Tell us your stories of what a 21st century waterfront means to you, and these stories will guide the future design of our waterfront.

Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee of the Central Delaware Waterfront Advisory Group will meet on Monday, February 19.  As usual, the meeting will be held at 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor.  Breakfast will begin at 7:30 so the meeting can start promptly at 8.  As always, all Advisory Group and Steering Committee meetings are open to the public, so all are encouraged to attend and participate.

Design Visioning Workshop

We are also finalizing the schedule for our design visioning workshop, March 1-3.  It is here where we will bring top designers from all over the world to Philadelphia to begin to imagine a new waterfront based on the planning principles derived from the work done in our public forums.  There will be many opportunities for the public to be involved in the workshop, including an official unveiling of the Planning Principles, sneak peaks at design progress throughout the weekend, as well as review ability when the ideas are presented
at the end of the workshop.  Stay tuned for more details.


Feb 8: Inga Saffron’s article in the Inquirer outlining the design team selected for March’s design workshop:

Feb 8: Bruce Schimmel’s piece in the City Paper on the Best Practices Session:
7: My column in the Inquirer on the dangers of spot zoning:
Feb 5: PlanPhilly’s Matt Blanchard reports on this Monday’s Advisory Group meeting:

Also, thanks again to all those who attended Saturday’s Best Practices Session.
 Over 400 people attended throughout the day to see some very insightful presentations and discussions that will help us begin to imagine how we can create a 21st century waterfront on our Delaware.  For a full report, check out PlanPhilly: .

Hope to see you at our upcoming events.



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