An Action Plan for the Central Delaware

2008 - 2018

Harris Steinberg

PennPraxis facilitated a civic engagement process and design and infrastructure plan for 1,100 acres (445 hectares) of the Central Delaware riverfront. In total, over 6,000 Philadelphian’s participated in the public process and played a crucial role in dening the future of the city’s riverfront.

Working closely with Wallace Roberts & Todd, PennPraxis created a vision plan and an accompanying action plan that included a set of core principles focused on reconnecting the river to downtown. Other principles include honoring the river, designing with nature, striking the right balance, taking the long view, protecting the public good, and, lastly, making it real. A hallmark of the vision is an emphasis on the interconnectedness of ecological and urban systems using streets, transit and trails, parks and open space, and appropriate land development.

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Setting a New Course for the River

​Enjoying the River

Getting to the River

Cleaning Up the River

Summary & Conclusion

"An Action Plan for the Central Delaware: 2008-2018" was developed in partnership with PennPraxis by the civic associations of the Central Delaware Riverfront.

Dickinson Narrows Civic Association
Fishtown Neighbors Association
Franklin Bridge North Neighbors Association
Neighbors Allied for a Better Riverfront
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
Northern Liberties Neighbors Association
Old Swede’s Court Homeowners’ Association
Old City Civic Association
Pennsport Civic Association
Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association
Queen Village Neighbors Association
River’s Edge Community Association
Society Hill Civic Association
Society Hill Towers Management Office
Whitman Council

We gratefully acknowledge the William Penn Foundation for its funding of this effort.

These civic principles summarize the aspirations of Philadelphia’s residents for the future of their riverfront. They have served as the foundation for the Civic Vision and the Action Plan for the central Delaware:
Reconnect the city to the river’s edge.
Honor the river.
Design with nature.
Strike the right balance.
Take the long view.
Protect the public good.
Make it real, Philadelphia