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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  • Samantha Safara
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-16 09:53:01 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Samantha Safara
    @SafaraMktg tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-16 09:52:58 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Val Yoder
    signed via 2016-02-16 09:50:48 -0500
  • Gail Massey
    signed via 2016-02-16 09:47:26 -0500
    keep up phillly’s reputation as a walkable city.

    surface lots are environmentally unfriendly.

    pay attention to the phila water dept.
  • Avigail Milder
    signed via 2016-02-16 09:21:05 -0500
    Dear Blatt, think park, think community, and create space for active and passive recreation and services that support that. Think boating clubs, restaurants, seasonal activities, and make money by building river front housing for the people who will flock to those amenities. FORGET ABOUT STRIP MALLS AND PARKING LOTS. FORGET ABOUT CARS. – Avigail Milder
  • Susan Patrone
    signed 2016-02-16 08:31:46 -0500
  • Judith Woloff
    signed via 2016-02-15 22:36:43 -0500
    Preserve, protect and nurture the beautiful riverfront for everyone to benefit and enjoy.
  • Richard Wolk
    signed 2016-02-15 22:01:45 -0500
  • Susan Shulman
    signed 2016-02-15 21:14:47 -0500
  • Gabriela zoller
    signed via 2016-02-15 19:49:36 -0500
  • Joellyn Ross
    signed 2016-02-15 15:56:30 -0500
    Joellyn L. Ross
  • Nathan Baynes
    signed via 2016-02-15 14:18:33 -0500
  • Carolyn Pagnotta
    signed via 2016-02-15 14:01:59 -0500
    Carolyn Pagnotta
  • Felicia Greenfield
    signed via 2016-02-15 12:06:01 -0500
    Felicia Greenfield
  • Mike Pagnotta
    signed via 2016-02-15 10:51:08 -0500
    Michael J Pagnotta
  • Travis Hess
    signed 2016-02-15 09:02:12 -0500
  • Jeff Kenney
    signed via 2016-02-15 08:48:24 -0500
  • John Miller
    signed via 2016-02-15 08:04:20 -0500
    We need to build a city for future generations for all to enjoy and not another urban sprawl forever to change the character and uniqueness of our city
  • Joann Stone
    signed via 2016-02-14 22:54:04 -0500
  • Paul Neuwirth
    signed via 2016-02-14 21:00:14 -0500
  • kathleen ONeill
    signed via 2016-02-14 20:06:17 -0500
  • Joan Duckenfield
    signed via 2016-02-14 19:19:04 -0500
  • Patricia Bentz
    signed via 2016-02-14 16:08:42 -0500
    Bad choice for development; consider what this will do to the traffic at this already congested intersection
  • Dan Coren
    signed via 2016-02-14 16:08:01 -0500
  • Nikole Kenney
    signed via 2016-02-14 15:04:08 -0500
  • Peggy Louden
    signed via 2016-02-14 14:59:26 -0500
  • Joel Bartolomeo
    signed via 2016-02-14 14:54:24 -0500
  • Laura Rachfalski
    signed via 2016-02-14 14:37:54 -0500
  • Benjamin Rogers
    signed 2016-02-13 19:32:01 -0500
  • Michelle Kelleher
    signed via 2016-02-13 18:27:22 -0500
    I am originally from Philadelphia and have been waiting for years for them to make improvements on the Waterfront like these. I live in San Diego for now and they’ve done a great job on their waterfront. Give the tax payers what they want. And I am a Philly tax payer too as I have clients there and thus pay taxes!