Tag: waterfront

2 Different Visions of Our Future

Read Bruce Schimmel’s article arguing that the PennPraxis waterfront development process evolve two plans for the river- one with, one without casinos. At this point, there are reasons to hope that the casino slots barns the state is determined to foist, without serious contemplation as to the irrevocable impacts they bring to close by neighborhoods…

The Plan and the People

Last week PennPraxis sponsored three “value” forums to begin laying the foundation for the Central Delaware Riverfront design plan. The idea was to distill individual views into a set of common values. That so many residents came out to the meetings shows their concern for and commitment to smart city planning. Underlying the involvement of…

River Planning Picks Up Steam

Participants in the December 4th Advisory Group meeting for the PennPraxis-led Delaware Riverfront plan covered a range of topics, noting first a citywide parallel effort to engage the citizenry in growth and planning issues through a series of “Great City” forums. If the meetings of the Central Delaware planning initiative’s Advisory Group are a microcosm of…

The People’s Waterfront

by Caryn Hunt “What if?” asks native Philadelphian and PennPraxis executive director Harris Steinberg. What if Philadelphia could transform itself into a truly world-class city? What if we created “one of the greatest boulevards in the world”? What if that plan was for a “public realm along the waterfront that is so Philadelphian that all…

NABR Covers the Waterfront

Perhaps you are familiar with Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront (NABR) from their citywide “CasiNO” campaign, whose signs are in the windows of many homes, especially those closest to the proposed casino sites. Perhaps you’ve gotten literature about the state stripping Philadelphia of zoning authority over casinos from a NABR member running a table…

We Need Better Ideas for Philly’s Waterfront

Between 200- 300 people attended the Casino Town Hall Meeting sponsored by NABR, the Multi-Community Alliance, Representative Youngblood and others. Read PhillyIMC’s coverage here. By all accounts, there were no reasons to be happy about casinos coming to Philadelphia. Vern Anastasio launched a new site: www.nowaterfrontcasino.com. Write Governor Rendell (and while you’re at it, write…

Won’t You Be My NABR?

Lacking every resource except conviction, citizens across this city of neighborhoods are banding together to ask important questions about the future of Philadelphia. A the forefront of this struggle is Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront (NABR). NABR was formed on April 29, 2006, after worried Fishtown residents had their first look at a proposal…

PennPraxis Plan Unveiling at Seaport Museum Tonight

Come out to the Seaport Museum, beginning at 5:30PM, festivities to begin at 6:30PM. There’s refreshments and free parking too. Harris Steinberg, executive director of PennPraxis, the group that’s been steering the community-driven plan for our Delaware Riverfront, will be handing over the results of the year long process to the City and to citizens.…