Last weekend KSS intern architects Becker Raab, Jordan Mrazik, and Justin Konicek participated in a waterfront cleanup event on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. Organized by ‘United by Blue’ and the ‘Central Delaware Advocacy Group’ (CDAG), the effort culminated in the removal of 6,220 lbs. of waste and 116 shopping carts from the area of the Delaware River between Piers 53-70.
The event’s focus on waterfront cleanup was of particular interest to designers and planners as the area affected is part of the Central Delaware Master Plan—a mixed-use development plan projected to revitalize of the city’s abandoned piers and vacant properties along a six-mile stretch of the waterfront (Allegheny to Oregon Avenues). This master plan, adopted by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission in 2012, seeks to introduce a series of public spaces within new residential and commercial development all connected by pedestrian trails.
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