For over 30 years, Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront was considered a corrupt wasteland of opportunity where RFP followed RFP but nothing got built. Then, suddenly, a master plan materialized and was adopted by City Council last month.
The success of “A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware” is credited by many to PennPraxis, the non-profit consultancy arm of PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania. Praxis is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
“They reoriented the direction the city was going in,” said Inga Saffron, architecture critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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