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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  • Eric Mencher
    signed via 2016-02-16 16:26:30 -0500
  • Amy Michael
    signed via 2016-02-16 16:02:14 -0500
  • Julie McDonald
    signed 2016-02-16 15:59:19 -0500
  • Holman Massey
    signed via 2016-02-16 15:57:35 -0500
  • Kate Donegan
    signed 2016-02-16 15:53:14 -0500
  • Andi Coyle
    signed 2016-02-16 15:53:06 -0500
  • Katie Lachance-Duffy
    signed 2016-02-16 15:50:55 -0500
  • Melissa Barrow
    signed 2016-02-16 15:42:20 -0500
    Keep Philadelphia beautiful, pedestrian friendly and healthy. Suburban sprawl should not be here.
  • Patricia Bigley
    signed 2016-02-16 15:39:31 -0500
  • Eileen Hwang
    signed 2016-02-16 15:28:29 -0500
  • Marlene Smolen
    signed 2016-02-16 14:53:17 -0500
    Marlene Smolen
  • Scott Abramson
    signed 2016-02-16 14:37:45 -0500
    Scott Abramson
  • Barbara Spector
    signed via 2016-02-16 14:34:53 -0500
  • Brenda Byrne
    signed 2016-02-16 14:30:37 -0500
  • nancy blood
    signed 2016-02-16 14:19:56 -0500
  • Barbara H Seiple
    signed via 2016-02-16 14:18:00 -0500
    Four years ago thousands of us local citizens met nurmous times in small group brainstorming sessions and agreed on a master plan for this Central Delaware. We deserve to be heard.
  • Bonny Hohenberger
    signed via 2016-02-16 14:16:47 -0500
  • Eric Giusini
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-16 14:13:20 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Eric Giusini
    @EricGiusini tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-16 14:13:17 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Eric Giusini
    signed 2016-02-16 14:12:12 -0500
  • Tim Burke
    signed via 2016-02-16 14:04:50 -0500
  • Heather Roslund
    signed via 2016-02-16 13:29:09 -0500
    Heather Roslund
  • R.W. Delaney
    signed via 2016-02-16 13:05:26 -0500
  • Toni Anastasia
    signed 2016-02-16 12:43:21 -0500
    Let the city go through with their plan to make the Waterfront accessible without having to cross 4 lanes of traffic. We don’t need your kind of development here.
  • Kathy Robinson
    signed 2016-02-16 12:15:50 -0500
  • steve gartner
    signed 2016-02-16 12:03:26 -0500
  • Stan Gibell
    signed 2016-02-16 12:00:44 -0500
  • Steven Seminelli
    @SteveSem tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-16 11:59:39 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Steven Seminelli
    signed 2016-02-16 11:59:11 -0500
  • Samantha Safara
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-16 09:53:01 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl