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    Development continues along Philadelphia's "other" river

    Philadelphia is moving forward with development of the Delaware River Waterfront. Over the weekend, officials announced a $1 million foundation grant and $1 million in city money will be used for planning, design, and construction on the Delaware Riverfront. A similar deal is helping to develop the city’s other waterfront.

    Philadelphia is moving forward with development of the Delaware River Waterfront. Over the weekend, officials announced a $1 million foundation grant and $1 million in city money will be used for planning, design, and construction on the Delaware Riverfront. WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler reports a similar deal is helping to develop the city’s other waterfront.

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    The Schuylkill River Development Corporation is trying to create the region’s First Green Transportation and Recreation Corridor by building a greenway and trail system along the east and west banks of the lower Schuylkill River. CEO Joseph Syrnick says development of the whole stretch of the Schuylkill in the city is about half done.

    Syrnick: “They’re trying to do on the Delaware exactly what we’re trying to do on the Schuylkill. The Delaware is a more difficult river to develop on for a bunch of reasons: it’s a bigger river, there’s more freight traffic on the Delaware, it’s the dividing line between two state jurisdictions. So I think there was a lot of push to get the Delaware River moving.”

    Syrnick says money is now being raised to fill in gaps in the Schuylkill River trail system.

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