On the Waterfront

Don’t miss this survey of the battle for the soul of the East River waterfront–both sides of the river, and of the argument–in Gotham Gazette.

A bit of context:

It has happened in many of the great old cities of the world. In London, a power station along the Thames River became the Tate Modern Museum. In Paris, a train station on the Seine became the Musee d’Orsay. In San Francisco, an old chocolate factory became Ghirardelli Square, an essential tourist stop.

Kent Barwick of the Municipal Arts Society probably has the right idea:

“It’s not like all other rivers. It’s a gritty, workingman’s river. That’s where the energy is. That’s where the action is.”

But what does that mean for development?

– Tom McGeveran On the Waterfront