Shoring up the Delaware River waterfront

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Penn's Landing, as reimagined by the Delaware River Master Plan. Courtesy of DRWC

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The Delaware River waterfront may be rounding the last turn of a marathon planning process. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation unveiled its new master plan (pdf) for the city’s famously underdeveloped riverfront, and it calls for a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly waterfront full of new neighborhoods, trails, parks, commercial and entertainment opportunities. Instead of a sweeping overhaul, it’s more of an incremental, build-it-as-we-can-afford-it set of guidelines, but its advocates point to early accomplishments like the Race Street Pier and the overhauled Pier 53 as early return on investment. Joining us to discuss the plan, its price tag, its process and its prospects are MARILYN JORDAN TAYLOR, Planning Committee Chair and board member of the DRWC and Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design; MICHAEL SKLAROFF, real estate attorney with Ballard Spahr; and LAURA LANZA, a neighborhood activist in Port Richmond who works with the Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association and the Central Delaware Advocacy Group.

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