Developers Continue To Distrust Central Delaware Master Plan

 

Site plan for K4 Associates’ Liberty on the River proposal at Columbus Boulevard, Washington Avenue, and Reed Street

Site plan for K4 Associates’ Liberty on the River proposal at Columbus Boulevard, Washington Avenue, and Reed Street

  • With yet another developer attempting to circumvent a decade’s worth of progressive, consensus-based planning and advocacy for a more accessible Central Delaware Waterfront, Philly mag’s Jared Brey strikes at the central argument for ignoring the zoning overlay’s discouragement of overly tall, amenity-rich, and self-reliant development. What’s smart for one, as macroeconomists are inclined to point out, is often dumb for all. “It’s not hard to see,” says Brey, “why developers think they have to put everything on one site in order to convince people to live on the other side of Columbus Boulevard. But if builders keep thinking about each property in isolation, the waterfront’s going to remain an isolated place.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Re: Central Deleware Waterfront Plan–I can understand the need for a plan…but sometimes plans become rigid expressions of “Father Knows Best”. Maybe there are people who want to be near “Philadelphia” yet feel as though they are a part of it. Does that make it a bad project? It is almost like forced annexation! Yes, open to spaces! Yes, to access for all to the river, but not too certain about who dictates “How Tall”! Someone else’s plan is someone else’s pain.

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