Tomorrow, hundreds of Philadelphians will be able to, quite literally, walk on water. How, you ask? The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Philadelphia’s highly anticipated new infrastructure installment- The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk-is tomorrow at 11:30 AM. The boardwalk- built in a joint effort by the City of Philadelphia and The Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC)- will span 2000 feet; running parallel to the eastern shore of the river from Locust Street to the new stair-tower on the south side of the South Street Bridge. The boardwalk will host bikers, walkers, runners, joggers as well as a more sedentary crowd- artists, picnickers, and fisherman (although I’d be cautious as to what sort of things are fished out of the Schuylkill.)
The opening of the Boardwalk is just one of a series of large scale, gentrification-y, ventures that have popped up all over the city. The past few years have seen projects such as the opening of the new Barnes Foundation, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and most recently the renovation of Dilworth Plaza. These projects are just another indication of how Philadelphia is becoming a rising star.
As a Philadelphian, I am ecstatic to see projects like these popping up around the city. Over the past 5 years I have noticed the city increasingly becoming more youthful and vibrant. Not only are new exciting things being built, but the city is attracting exciting events such as Jay-Z and Budweiser’s very successful, “Made in America” concert. In addition, later this month, Philly is set to host Forbes Magazine’s “Forbes Under 30” summit, which will bring together some of the most powerful people (under 30) for a weekend of panel discussions, keynotes, concerts and parties, all in the city of Brotherly Love.