March 29, 2014 |
Philadelphia spent the last decade working out a single, knotty planning problem: How should the old industrial spaces on the Delaware waterfront evolve? The consensus was that vacant land would be developed to resemble the rest of the city, with walkable streets, a mix of uses, and lively ground floors. No one was naive enough to think such projects could be realized without parking garages, but the expectation was that the structures would not dominate the river. It's a shame the conversation was never extended to the city's other riverfront, the Schuylkill, which has come alive since a trail park pushed into Center City.
January 26, 1992 |
At the end of summer days in Philadelphia, when the sun turns red and begins to die in the corners of the sky, the lingering light turns the Schuylkill into a slow parade of jewels heading south to meet the Delaware. But for many people who live and work in Center City, it is a lost delight because there are few ways to enjoy, or even get to, the Schuylkill from downtown. That frustrates John Randolph, a Center City resident and developer, who sees the squandered sunsets and underutilized riverfront as resources that should be harnessed and even marketed.
June 23, 1997 |
The nimble feet of students at the Campbell Academy of Dance put on a show of step dancing at the Revel on the River. Dinner, jazz and fireworks rounded out Saturday's gala at the Fairmount Water Works. It was held to raise money for construction of the Schuylkill River Park along the east bank.
July 30, 1992 |
Mayor Harry Kennedy has decided to devote the rest of this year to preserving open space in Franklin Township. And his top priority, Kennedy said in an interview last week, is making Malaga Lake a full-fledged recreation site. Kennedy said he intended to recommend to the Recreation Committee and Planning Board that $30,000 in the township's open space/recreation reserve fund be used on improvements at Malaga Lake, a popular recreation spot despite the absence of such basics as grills and picnic tables.
October 31, 1991 |
A plan to turn 7.8 acres of open land into a recreational area at Malaga Lake in Franklin Township finally appears headed for action. Mayor Harry Kennedy said the township planned to use $30,000 of this year's Community Development Block Grant money to develop a swimming area and picnic grove along the east bank of the lake, at Route 40 and Old Delsea Drive. In addition, the township might acquire ownership of 26 acres next to the site through the Frank H. Stewart trust fund, named after a county outdoorsman and historian, Kennedy said.
October 3, 2014 |
THE $18 MILLION Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, so Philadelphians and their leashed dogs can "walk on water" from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Bike on water, too. Built out into the river parallel to the east bank, the 2,000-foot boardwalk experience is a heady mix of ducks and trucks, trees and breeze, cityscape and landscape, roadway and waterway, industrial and pastoral, trains and turtles, big sky and big city. Strolling along the city's newest people magnet yesterday, Joseph Syrnick, president/CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, who has spent eight years guiding the project from drawing board to boardwalk, talked about the romance of the river.
April 25, 1994
By last week's end, peace seemed to be breaking out upriver as Dad Vail Regatta enthusiasts and city officials pulled together to save - and expand - a Philadelphia tradition. Meanwhile, downriver, a group of citizens, government officials, philanthropists and business leaders has been pulling together quietly for some time. Their mission: to transform the east bank of the Schuylkill from Locust Street to the Art Museum into a ribbon of trees, shrubs and pathways. We won't belabor the contrasts between this effort and the ugly dispute that erupted earlier over the scarcity of blacks participating in the annual Dad Vail Regatta.
August 18, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If a wealthy descendant of the original Swedish settlers had not dug in his heels, this borough on the Jersey side of the Delaware River from Tacony would still be called Texas . But landowner Isaiah Toy considered that name, given to the stretch of Burlington County shoreline by the Camden & Amboy Railroad, "inappropriate" and, the official...
September 25, 1995
Hidden River. In Dutch, that's what Schuylkill means. Not that the oarsmen out there most mornings - still in shirtsleeves, even as fall intrudes - have any trouble finding their treasured reach of the river. Nor the joggers, skaters, cyclists and strollers who eagerly ply its banks to the north and west of Center City. Nearby, though, there is a hidden Schuylkill - the stretch, oddly, that flows right past the bustling downtown, from the Art Museum to the Delaware. Little-seen, except at breakneck speeds from the expressway, its banks are used even less, and that mostly for illicit goings-on.