Waterfront Development

Blog post
November 9, 2009, 5am PST
My classmate was up in front of everyone, flapping and flailing, pleading his case and getting shot down at every turn. It was a bit like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

It was also kind of like looking in the mirror.

I’m just more than halfway through a planning school studio project working on the beautiful (no, really) Lower Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. They’ve teamed up about 15 planner/urban designers with about 45 landscape architects, who, as I mentioned last time, are reasonably bonkers. That was about a month and a half ago; since then, I’ve begun to think maybe I’m the one needing a room with padded walls.

Jeffrey Barg
October 20, 2009, 9am PDT
Cities along the Hudson River in New York are pushing plans to build more docks along the waterfront.
The New York Times
October 19, 2009, 6am PDT
Jeffersonville, Indiana is proposing to turn a district with a bad flooding problem into a beautiful canal with a pedestrian promenade.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 28, 2009, 1pm PDT
A competition to redesign Philadelphia's Pier 11 represents a concentrated -- and viable -- effort to create quality public space along the city's waterfront, according to <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> architecture critic Inga Saffron.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 22, 2009, 11am PDT
Philadelphia's City Council has approved two new measures that would preserve historic buildings along the Delaware River and require 100 ft. green setbacks. Some developers are protesting the ruling, saying it amounts to an illegal taking.
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 5, 2009, 6am PDT
The executive director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission says that the zoning "overlay" of the central Delaware waterfront will be replaced by a new master plan in 12 to 16 months.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 14, 2009, 11am PDT
Plans to build a 12,000 home waterfront development on the San Francisco Bay have some environmentalists up in arms. But the developers claim the project will exemplify "smart growth".
San Jose Mercury News
September 4, 2008, 9am PDT
One man's personal quest to save the beauty of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor from rampant development.
The Christian Science Monitor
July 28, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Plans for a "new urbanist/smart growth" development on the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay Area town of Hercules has received unanimous approval from the city council, eliminating the need for inclusion on the November ballot.</p>
The Contra Costa Times
June 16, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>The second-smallest country in the world (after the Vatican) has plans to expand its territory by building more land on stilts in an idea inspired by oil rigs.</p>
The Guardian
Although power has been restored to much of Lower Manhattan, tenants of many of the area's residential and commercial buildings face a long and uncertain recovery before they can return. What will be the long-term effects on waterfront development?
The New York Times
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