Gateway to the City: Reconnecting Center City Philadelphia to the Delaware River Waterfront
Gavin, David Michael
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This thesis proposes to examine the relationship between the dense city core of Philadelphia and the Delaware River waterfront. The thesis will consider the possibility of reestablishing connectivity between the city and waterfront that existed prior to the construction of I-95. The site in Center City Philadelphia is located along I-95 and bounded by Market Street, the Delaware River, and Walnut Street. The space over I-95 will be considered as potential buildable area and underdeveloped areas along the Delaware River waterfront will be investigated to promote greater utilization and active daily use. The thesis will study how appropriate programming of underutilized city land can activate the river's edge and establish links between neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the site. The thesis will also examine how park systems might provide an extension of comfortable open space prevalent throughout the eastern areas of Center City.