Philadelphia's Waterfront Development Dilemma

The siting of the major East Coast Interstate as it passes through Philadelphia destroyed historic neighborhoods and severed the waterfront from the city.

November 18, 2002, 7:00 AM PST

By Abhijeet Chavan @

Last of a 5-part series on how the siting of I-95 has worked against development of Philadelphia's waterfront. (Links to previous parts are available) " successful urban waterfronts come in a variety of forms, from serene green parks to sites for housing, shops, and restaurants. But only those waterfronts with good connections to their downtowns are able to support intense commercial activity.If Philadelphia expects major developments at Penn's Landing and along the Delaware, it will have to face up to the barrier created by I-95. Otherwise, the city has little choice but to accept the site's fundamental weaknesses and scale back its waterfront ambitions."

Thanks to Shirley Loveless

Sunday, November 17, 2002 in The Philadelphia Inquirer


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