This evening at 7, the next look of Philadelphia’s central riverfront goes public at a big reveal hosted by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. With a program that includes remarks from Deputy Mayor for Commerce and Development Alan Greenberger, PennDesign Dean and DRWC board member Marilyn Jordan Taylor, and Hargreaves’ Senior Principal Mary Margaret Jones, plus a Q&A moderated by Taylor, the public will get to see the first results of the design discussion they helped steer.
Hargreaves, hired in April by DRWC, will present renderings of specific focus areas between Market and South Streets, including continuing the cap over I-95 between Walnut and Chestnut, over Columbus Boulevard toward the river’s edge, a new pedestrian bridge over Columbus at South Street (continuing the one over I-95 with the sculpture Stroll), reimagined public space around the Penn’s Landing Marina, and conceptual development plans for the current surface spaces between Market and Chestnut Streets.
Not a bad party for William Penn, who would have celebrated his 369th birthday yesterday were he miraculously still alive. There are no early indications how Hargreaves intends to incorporate the giant concrete pi that the Delaware River Port Authority built as the western landing for a tram to Camden when that was apparently a good idea. Hopefully, the 1995 statue of Penn-era Lenni-Lenape leader Tamanend by Raymond Sandoval, currently relegated to the on-ramp of I-95 at Market Street and obscured by trees, street lamps, and the Market Street/Penn’s Landing flyover, will be relocated to a more visible site.
PLEASE NOTE: the meeting about Penn’s Landing is not at Penn’s Landing, but at Festival Pier (601 N. Columbus Blvd). The program begins at 7pm. For more info, see DRWC’s page for the event HERE.
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Photos of Penn’s Landing’s current state follow in this short essay.