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More importantly, think about what we gain. We would regain our connection to the river's edge in a profound and meaningful way. Even though our city is cradled between two rivers, you almost have no sense of the water as you go about your life in Philadelphia. I think we deserve to reconnect to the water and the most historic land in Philadelphia.
And if none of this moves you, think about the economic opportunity of opening up that much land in a prime location, and how much more valuable the land that is currently next to I-95 will become.
[Note: A report by Econsult just released on October 28th bears out the economic gains I mention above: http://www.econsult.com/pennfuturegreenway.htm
It should be noted that lots of smart and dedicated people are already working on making the Delaware River more accessible. In fact, a new park at the end of Washington Avenue
just opened today! All of that is great news. Please check out Plan Philly's work
, Plan for the Central Delaware
, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
I think all of the work and attention above tells you how important it is to connect people back up with the Delaware River. This modest proposal should be seen as a way to further and enhance this work.
Once the video from the Ignite Philly presentation is available, I will embed it in this post. In the meantime, feel free to flip through my slides below.