The Master Plan for the Central Delaware Waterfront the city hopes will revitalize riverfront was unanimously approved by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation board. Plan principles include extending the city street grid to the waterfront to reconnect the city and the river; creating or maintaining open space every half mile and linking those park areas with a multi-purpose, waterfront trail; developing public property with mixed-use development, including residential, commercial, recreational and entertainment; and using the public space development as a lure to encourage private development.
Light the Way to Connect Philadelphia to the Delaware River Officially Lit
Mayor Michael Nutter and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) officially lit the first phase of the Race Street Connector Project, a combination of design elements and public art enhancing the quality and the ease of access from Old City to the Race Street Pier and the riverfront. Enhancements include improving the pedestrian and bike access, a major new public art project – a live-feed LED screen attached to the I-95 overpass over Race Street, showing real-time abstracted images of the surface of the Delaware River and a dramatic light screen along the right-side wall of the three underpasses between 2nd and Race Street and Columbus Boulevard. The light screen which is made of expanded metal with colorful lighting and bold signage will unify the spaces under the three viaducts and lead people seamlessly through the underpasses, past the old historic pumping station that will soon be the home of Live Arts/Fringe Festival and from there to the Race Street Pier, Penn’s Landing, and other destinations on the Central Delaware. Other improvements include a dedicated bike lane, signage, benches, nautical bollards, increased sidewalk widths, improved crosswalks and intensive landscape treatments along the entire south side of Race Street.
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