Riverfront Development


From Vacant to Catalytic: Tampa to Upgrade City-Owned Property

West Tampa, among the Hillsborough River, is already gaining development momentum, and new plans to develop a city-owned property on the river could add fuel to the fire.

November 12, 2020 - Tampa Bay Times

Minneapolis Minnesota

Minneapolis Riverfront Project Raises Issues of Equity

The Upper Harbor Terminal project is set to transform an area north of downtown, but residents are concerned about the long-term impacts and outcomes.

March 10, 2020 - Minnesota Public Radio

Goose Island Chicago

Residential Development Proposed for Chicago’s Goose Island

A plan for the riverfront property would bring thousands of housing units to the historically industrial area.

February 17, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Forth Worth, Texas

Budget Worries Threaten Vision for Fort Worth Riverfront District and Flood Control Project

An ambitious stormwater infrastructure project in Fort Worth would also include a mega-project development of a new riverfront district. Funding has become a problem, well into work on the project.

September 23, 2019 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cincinnati Area

Riverfront Revitalization Takes Shape in Covington

A new private development project will add outdoor space and public programming to a revitalizing riverfront area in Covington, Kentucky, near Cincinnati.

September 22, 2019 - WCPO

Memphis Riverfront

Ensuring Equity in Memphis Riverfront Development

One of the city’s biggest assets is its riverfront, but equity and inclusion need to be an important part of what development brings to residents and communities.

September 1, 2019 - The Avenue (Brookings)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1,000 Residential Units on the Delaware River

A vacant parcel is located near the city's Graffiti Pier, which is slated to become a public park after closing in June.

July 6, 2019 - PlanPhilly

Chattahoochee River

Master Plan Strives for a 'Seamless' Chattahoochee River for the Atlanta Region

A comprehensive study to revitalize the Atlanta regional waterfront, dubbed the Chattahoochee RiverLands project, is now underway.

January 4, 2019 - Saporta Report


Massive Waterfront Investment 'Reinvents' Tampa

After decades of planning, the city hopes several huge developments will draw millenials and empty-nesters.

June 25, 2018 - Curbed

Kayaking in the LA River

The Need for an Equitable L.A. River Revitalization

Jon Christensen urges Los Angeles to ensure that new park amenities serve, rather than displace, the river's low-income communities.

March 2, 2018 - CityLab

Mississippi River

New Orleans Closes Gap in Historic Riverfront Park Plan

New Orleans could create the largest stretch of public riverfront in the U.S., thanks to a public land swap.

November 8, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

6th Street Viaduct

A Bold Housing Vision for the L.A. River

An unsolicited proposal from the engineering firm reimagines a stretch along the L.A. River as a mixed-use mega-development, rich in housing and jobs.

October 28, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Detroit Seeking a New Vision for its East Riverfront

The city of Detroit will review the presentations of seven finalists tasked with creating a new vision for the east riverfront—a part of Detroit poised for redevelopment momentum.

January 25, 2016 - Detroit Free Press

Pittsburgh Redevelopment Happening on Riverfront Property

With the economic benefit of redevelopment along Pittsburgh's river well understood, it's time to survey all the new and reused riverfront properties coming online.

January 1, 2016 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Waterfront Botanical Gardens in the Works for a Derelict Corner of Louisville

A historic neighborhood lost in a flood, covered by a dump, then reclaimed by nature will become the Waterfront Botanical Gardens under terms of a recent land deal.

June 4, 2015 - Broken Sidewalk

$4.1 Billion Return on Riverfront Parks Investments in Pittsburgh

According to a recent study, $130 million invested in the Three River Park has multiplied into $4.1 billion in development around the riverfront.

May 8, 2015 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Criticism of St. Louis' Riverfront Stadium Plans

A lesson for other cities as well: As long as cities give absurd subsidies to pro sports teams, pro sports teams will continue to expect absurd subsidies from cities. Case in point: St. Louis and the NFL's Rams.

February 12, 2015 - Vox

A First Look at Riverfront Stadium Proposal for St. Louis

Reports that the St. Louis Rams intend to move back to Los Angeles mobilized an effort by state and city leadership to keep the team in St. Louis.

January 10, 2015 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Park Supporters Win Funding Victory on Cincinnati's Waterfront

Ruoxi Yang reports on the progress on Price Landing, "an integral piece of the overall western riverfront vision" for Cincinnati. Supporters of Price Landing plan hope that their proposal will permanently prevent the development of industrial uses.

December 10, 2014 - Urban Cincy

Oil Tanker Cars Derail; Fireball Erupts in Downtown Lynchburg, Va.

Fortunately, there were no injuries in the restored, downtown waterfront district in this city of 71,000. Fifteen cars derailed; three exploded into a six-story-high fireball. Oil spilled into the James River, threatening downstream water supplies.

May 2, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

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