Waterfront Development

View of San Antonio River Walk with colorful umbrellas at tables on waterfront and with boat lights blurred by long-exposure

The Power of Urban Waterfronts

Humans' love of water makes waterways a particularly attractive urban amenity. Why did so many American cities let theirs languish?

January 9, 2023 - Governing

A large crowd gathers on the banks of the River Seine on a sunny day in Paris.

River Scenes: How Rivers Contribute to More Vibrant Urban Communities

The role of rivers in urban areas shifted in recent years from production to consumption. Now, access to a river's waterfront has become a highly valued amenity within cities.

April 13, 2022 - Martha Frish

Pencoyd Iron Works and Marriott hotel under construction.

Walkable Waterfront Takes Shape on the Schuylkill River Near Philadelphia

The Pencoyd Landing development is focused on providing access to pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users in the neighborhood of Lower Merion Township, across the Schuylkill River from Philadelphia.

June 16, 2021 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

View of New York City from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Waterfront Development Unveils Revised Design

The massive River Ring Waterfront Master Plan includes two towers containing 1,050 residential units, a three-acre beach, and 5,000 square feet of community kiosks.

March 23, 2021 - Urbanize New York


Opinion: Wealthy Residents Are Opposing Brooklyn Development to Protect Their Own Interests

Residents are arguing that a Williamsburg development would negatively affect the neighborhood. But it’s a grassroots effort to protect the status quo in a neighborhood where gentrification benefited them.

January 30, 2020 - New York Post

Boston Seaport

Boston’s Seaport District, Where Building Started Before Flood Preparation

The Boston waterfront has been booming, but the area is extremely vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. Measures to address those risks have come just recently.

June 22, 2019 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Governors Island

Proposal for the Future of New York's Governors Island

The island's 40-acre park is a recreational destination, but waterfront advocates would like to see more use of Governor Island's shoreline and maritime infrastructure.

May 15, 2019 - Crain's New York Business

2011 Master Plan for the Central Delaware Cut Philadelphia's Waterfront Short

Waterfront views and large parcels of vacant land should be a good urban revitalization in a growing city like Philadelphia, but the Central Delaware waterfront has fallen short of expectations.

March 26, 2019 - Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Riverfront Trail Takes Shape in Atlanta

Open space and mixed-use developments could make the Chattahoochee River, where it runs along the border of Atlanta, more accessible. A proposed trail along the river took a tangible step forward recently.

September 4, 2018 - SaportaReport

Lake Erie

Lake Erie Town Hopes Waterfront Trail Will 'Put it on the Map'

According to Next City, "Euclid is doing what many Great Lakes cities thought would never be possible."

August 13, 2018 - The Plain Dealer

Galveston, Texas

Makeover Revealed for Galveston's Popular Stewart Beach

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees is looking to add some bells and whistles to an already popular destination.

April 5, 2018 - Houston Chronicle


How One Lake Erie Town Got Free Waterfront Property for Public Use

Clear communication and a fair trade let Euclid, Ohio begin to rethink its lakefront—and its future.

March 26, 2018 - NextCity

The Embarcadero

Trial Over San Francisco Waterfront Development Height Limits Begins

The State Lands Commission filed suit shortly after San Francisco voters approved Prop. B in June 2014, requiring waterfront developments exceeding height limits to obtain voter approval rather than go through the Planning Commission process.

January 15, 2018 - San Francisco Examiner

Developers Allege Conspiracy to Thwart Waterfront Development in New Jersey

A lawsuit claims that the town of Edgewater and its most prolific developer worked together to defeat a proposal for yet another high-rise development with views of Manhattan

December 24, 2017 - The New York Times

East River, New York

East River Ferry Service Is Transforming America's First Suburbs

Once again, the ferry is remaking the Brooklyn waterfront. One hundred years after making Brooklyn Heights the nation's original suburb, it's spawning new developments along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront. And the fare? Same as a subway ride.

December 4, 2017 - The New York Times

Who Opposes New York's BQX Streetcar? Not Who You Think

Brooklyn and Queens need better transit, but activists say this waterfront "luxury trolley" is not the way to get it.

November 28, 2017 - Technical.ly Brooklyn

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

Gowanus Canal, Dirty Water

EPA Launches Long-Awaited Cleanup of Gowanus Canal

Gowanus Creek was channelized in the 1800s and has been accumulating sludge ever since.

October 25, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

New Jersey

Proposed Density Causes 'Chaos' at the Newark City Council Hearing

A suite of zoning changes that would increase building heights and density along the Passaic River in Newark, New Jersey, provoked a chaotic council hearing that devolved into shouting and the removal of residents from the council chambers.

September 21, 2017 - NJ.com

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