Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl



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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  • Katy Martin
    signed 2016-03-14 11:09:06 -0400
  • Michael Miller
    signed 2016-03-13 15:38:10 -0400
  • Michael Rubin
    signed 2016-03-09 18:19:07 -0500
  • Allison Koll
    signed 2016-03-09 11:15:51 -0500
  • Emma Molloy
    signed 2016-03-09 09:14:36 -0500
  • Melissa Flatley
    signed 2016-03-08 20:57:06 -0500
  • Sarah Yassine
    signed 2016-03-08 20:26:16 -0500
  • Sarai Williams
    signed 2016-03-08 19:56:21 -0500
  • Luke van Tol
    signed 2016-03-08 18:59:23 -0500
  • Keith VanDerSys
    signed 2016-03-08 18:44:06 -0500
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  • Sarah Squire
    signed via 2016-03-04 12:49:11 -0500
  • Christian DiCicco
    signed 2016-02-29 21:24:18 -0500
  • Peggy Jean Craig
    signed via 2016-02-26 20:07:45 -0500
  • Matthew McCaffrey
    signed 2016-02-26 20:04:14 -0500
  • Julie Ulrich
    signed via 2016-02-24 18:57:48 -0500
  • Mami Hara
    signed 2016-02-24 14:26:52 -0500
  • Amy Nickerson
    signed 2016-02-24 11:46:43 -0500
  • Christian Matozzo
    signed 2016-02-23 15:00:47 -0500
    Delaware Ave and the waterfront can be such an asset to this city, and instead it’s hampered by a 5-lane road with a highway on top of it, and no paths or walkways for pedestrians, leading to crappy development. Blatstein’s new unneeded development would only make it even worse.
  • Richard Johnson
    signed 2016-02-23 12:33:28 -0500
    Can’t we do better? Philly is world class now, and this is old hat. We’re just now reclaiming our waterfronts, and this is a step in the wrong direction. And is anyone worried what all this paved area would to to the water quality of the Delaware when it rains?? p.s. that’s where our drinking water comes from… Hope a better vision comes forward!
  • Janet Kalter
    signed 2016-02-23 11:21:00 -0500
  • Alicia Valin
    signed 2016-02-22 16:52:29 -0500
  • Gabriella Iacovetti
    signed 2016-02-22 14:57:49 -0500
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  • Laura Navarro
    signed 2016-02-22 14:38:06 -0500
  • Debra Torpy
    signed 2016-02-22 13:52:48 -0500
  • Lindsey Wilson
    signed 2016-02-22 13:39:23 -0500
  • Ted Stein
    signed 2016-02-22 11:27:23 -0500
  • Matt Bennett
    signed via 2016-02-22 00:14:27 -0500
  • Jozef Maguire
    signed via 2016-02-21 21:08:09 -0500
  • Evan Nitkin
    signed 2016-02-21 18:57:57 -0500
  • Maria Raha
    signed 2016-02-21 09:32:53 -0500