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Recapturing the Waterfront

Philadelphia’s drive to establish greenways along the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers is underway. In 1683, William Penn appointed his surveyor-general Thomas Holm to plan the street layout for Philadelphia as a “Greene Country Towne” stretching from river to river, covering roughly the reaches of today’s Center City Philadelphia. Somehow along the way over the last 300 years, Center City, not unlike the pattern of many American cities, lost its connections to its two rivers—railroads, industry and expressways interposed as barriers between citizenry and water. Over the last fifteen years, the City has undertaken the painstaking process of recapturing the two waterfronts, parcel-by-parcel, legislative act by legislative act – with the goal of creating people-friendly and accessible greenways for runners, strollers, cyclers, roller-skaters, boaters and dog-walkers. This panel will tell the story of the challenges and creative solutions for reviving the city’s two waterfronts. Moderator: Larry Silver, (pictured left with Mayor…Log In to Read Full Article

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