Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl

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In 2012 the City of Philadelphia adopted the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, based on a historical public planning process in which more than 4,000 Philadelphians participated.

 

The Plan - which was followed up by a Zoning Overlay in 2013 - calls for walkable and bikeable mixed-use development, public space, and public access instead of the kind of auto-oriented suburban sprawl that has degraded one of our city's most valuable assets for decades.

 

The Plan and Overlay have proven themselves, with great public spaces like Spruce Street Harbor park drawing millions of people to the waterfront, and private development bringing hundreds of new homes and apartments, restaurants, entertainment, and other commercial activity to the Central Delaware Waterfront.

 

But one developer is proposing a project that would turn back the clock and threaten all the progress we've made. Bart Blatstein wants to build a super-sized gas station, a strip mall, and acres of surface parking right on the waterfront, at the old Foxwoods site in South Philly.

 

Don't just take our word for it. Jason Bock of MSC Retail, who partnered with Blatstein on the plan, told the Inquirer,"This is going to be an urban development that's going to look like a suburban development." Drexel's Harris Steinberg, who oversaw the original planning process, calls it “a regression, not a progression… "This is just more car-oriented development."

 

If you agree that more car-oriented development is the opposite of what the Delaware Waterfront needs, sign our petition and share it with your friends on Facebook.

The undersigned oppose this plan as currently designed, we urge Bart Blatstein to revise it, and Mayor Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla and the city to do everything in their power to oppose it if it is not modified to fit the Master Plan for the Central Delaware.

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  • Dianne Mayer
    signed 2018-04-25 13:39:51 -0400
    We must preserve the masterplan for the waterfront and support connecting the neighborhoods to the river in a pedestrian friendly, safe way, for all to enjoy.
  • Leily Schoenhaus
    signed 2018-04-17 10:20:29 -0400
  • Robin Dunlap
    signed 2018-03-20 23:49:46 -0400
    Stop and think. This isn’t a good direction, and you know it.
  • Denise Rossi
    signed 2017-09-20 21:28:48 -0400
  • Laura Compton
    signed 2017-09-20 21:25:21 -0400
  • Dan Erkes
    signed 2017-06-19 12:23:09 -0400
    Dan Erkes
  • Michael Colligan
    signed 2017-03-20 20:42:40 -0400
  • Lance Lau
    signed 2017-03-09 08:52:56 -0500
  • Allison Lewis
    signed 2017-01-21 23:40:38 -0500
  • Stephen Simmons
    signed 2017-01-21 13:56:51 -0500
    No sprawl!!
  • Bobby Reynolds
    signed 2017-01-21 12:52:50 -0500
  • Drew Stricker
    signed 2017-01-21 12:45:29 -0500
  • Michael Jack Drumm
    signed 2017-01-21 12:40:50 -0500
  • Zach Mace
    signed 2017-01-21 12:32:03 -0500
  • Joey Ferlaino
    signed 2017-01-21 12:31:51 -0500
    Joey Ferlaino
  • Frankie Fars
    signed 2017-01-21 12:20:33 -0500
  • frank noce
    signed 2017-01-21 12:06:51 -0500
  • Michael Maccarone
    signed 2017-01-21 12:01:14 -0500
  • Jared Zarwin
    signed 2017-01-21 11:54:14 -0500
  • Timothy Nelson-Pyne
    signed 2016-07-15 14:01:26 -0400
  • Brenda Johanson
    signed 2016-04-28 11:53:22 -0400
  • Katy Johanson
    signed 2016-04-28 05:30:08 -0400
  • Norman Johanson
    signed 2016-04-27 18:07:22 -0400
  • Bobby D
    signed 2016-04-27 16:11:55 -0400
  • Brint Nicolai
    signed 2016-04-27 14:40:38 -0400
  • Kendra Johanson
    signed 2016-04-27 14:21:13 -0400
    “If you build it, they will come” Just because there isn’t pedestrian traffic now, doesn’t mean there never could be. Let’s be creative. Strip malls are not the future and should never have been the past. Learn from your mistakes.
  • Tom Navin
    signed 2016-04-11 22:55:38 -0400
  • Jonah Martinson
    signed via 2016-04-11 19:22:07 -0400
  • Emily Phillips
    signed 2016-03-15 09:10:20 -0400
  • Andrea mikesell
    signed 2016-03-14 11:48:20 -0400
    we need more green spaces, not strip malls!