Letters to the Editor

A 21-story tower is planned at 25th and Locust Streets along the Schuylkill.
A 21-story tower is planned at 25th and Locust Streets along the Schuylkill. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 31, 2013

Engaging the community first

While it's accurate that I would not discuss plans for One Riverside in detail with Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, I was disappointed that The Inquirer failed to note the important reason ("Challenge on the Schuylkill," July 26). We are going to great lengths to engage local residents. To me, the first conversations about the details must be with that community. While these conversations are well underway, and there have been meetings with the Center City Residents Association, there are other meetings planned soon. Further, the Civic Design Review Committee has not yet had the opportunity to review One Riverside. Out of respect for the process and the individuals on this panel, I declined to provide specifics related to architectural design.

The questions posed by Saffron are good ones and will be answered during the community review process. What I can assure our neighbors is that the good of Fitler Square and the Schuylkill River Park is my top priority. Dranoff Properties is a community partner in every neighborhood in which we build. One Riverside is an investment in the neighborhood - similar to the investment we made when we built Locust on the Park in 1999, or when I converted the Lippincott Penn warehouse into Locust Point in 1986. These buildings have added vibrancy to this neighborhood and we believe One Riverside will only further enhance that.

Carl Dranoff, chief executive officer, Dranoff Properties

Natural, not political, science

The Delaware River Basin Commission needs to take things slowly when it comes to shale-gas drilling in the watershed ("No rush to drill near the Delaware," July 23). Let the decision be guided by science, not politics. As The Inquirer noted, the resources in the Delaware are irreplaceable. Each year, thousands fish for wild trout in the Upper Delaware river system - bringing an estimated $29 million to the region, and supporting 350 jobs and $4 million in wages. Additionally, hunters and anglers spend $969 million in the region yearly. One drilling accident could imperil the entire river system and its associated economy. Marcellus Shale construction and drilling activity could alter the landscape for generations. Natural resources within driving distance of Philadelphia like those found in the Upper Delaware area are rare, and decisions about energy development in these special places must not be rash or based upon political pressure. Our grandchildren are counting on it.

Robbi Freisem, president, Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Coatesville

Gov. Corbett, promise-keeper

It's a great day to be a Pennsylvania taxpayer when elected officials do exactly what you elected them to do. Unlike President Obama, I am relieved to see Gov. Corbett make good on his pledges to cut wasteful spending and allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. We now have the third budget passed on time, and the third that does not raise taxes a single cent. We need strong leadership to do what's best for our commonwealth. I'm proud to stand by Corbett as he does just that.

Tory McClintock, North Wales

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