Public Space


Philadelphia occupies an enviable position of having two rivers that grace our city. Both are quite different in character, and though the Delaware has been the focus of some great interventions in the public space like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Washington Avenue Pier, the Schuylkill has recaptured our attention with today's grand opening of the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. This long sought after intervention extends the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. 2,000+ feet of cement and steel have been laid with pilings bored deep in the earth. As we noted in a post earlier this year, this Boardwalk has been engineered for durability and should grace our city for a very long time.


Beginning late last year The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) began a series of public meetings with nearby stakeholders regarding their plans to develop 700 Schuylkill Avenue just south of the South Street Bridge. Preliminary plans were shown including promises for open public spaces and connections to the Schuylkill River Trail. These promises were made at the very earliest of CHOP's announcements and discussions with the neighborhood.


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