Interstate 95 is a much-used highway in Philadelphia. It also happens to separate parts of neighborhoods like Wissinoming, Tacony, Holmesburg, Upper Holmesburg and Torresdale from the Delaware River waterfront. It’s a commonality many of Philadelphia’s eastern-most neighborhoods share.
As plans to develop and revitalize the city’s waterfronts move forward, the conversation has shifted toward the highway and the intrusion it’s become.
Thursday, the Center for Environmental Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Next American City will host “Reimagining Urban Highways.” Panelists will examine how other U.S. cities have demolished or reconfigured their highways to open up waterfront access and better connect neighborhoods.
The forum is open to the public, but advanced registration is required.