Creating Public Access on the Waterfront
You'll learn about:
How several North American cities are creating new public space at the water’s edge, reclaiming the waterfront as a public benefit, and integrating and leveraging new and renewed development
How cities are looking to new financial and partnership models to finance waterfront public access and new zoning models to insure access and the long-term opportunity for waterfront improvements
The legal constraints associated with the various models and how state laws may limit the ability to require waterfront public access
The reclamation of long-shunned waterfronts has become a defining feature of the 21st-century city. Increasingly, North American and international cities are reclaiming waterfronts for a diverse range of activities. Upon nearly every urban shore, it seems, once-gritty industrial zones have been reborn as newly desirable neighborhoods, derelict piers and bulkheads supplanted by condominiums and waterfront walkways. But as renewed interest in waterfronts spurs new residential and commercial growth, how do the waterfront parks, walkways, bikeways, and plazas get created? Explore how cities are taking new and novel approaches to creating waterfront public access to bring new life onto the waterfront.
, Yuma Crossing Nat. Heritage Area
, City of Pittsburgh
, The Boston Harbor Association
Confirmed SpeakerJulie Wormser is the Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association, a non-profit organization focused on economic development, public access and sea level rise adaptation along Boston’s waterfront. Prior to joining TBHA, she spent fifteen years as a senior regional strategist with Environmental Defense Fund, Appalachian Mountain and The Wilderness Society. She helped secure millions of dollars in federal funding for forestlands and marine fisheries in New England. She coauthored Preparing for the Rising Tide (TBHA, February 2013) and Designing With Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe (TBHA and Sasaki Associates, August 2014). She received her BA in biology from Swarthmore College and her MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Marrella, AICP, is the Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning for the New York City Department of City Planning. Michael is responsible for directing waterfront, open space and climate resiliency policy for the agency and advises the Chair and members of the City Planning Commission on the planning and land use issues affecting waterfront and open space areas and climate adaptation planning. Michael serves as the primary liaison to a wide range of stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, and private sector entities on matters of land use, zoning, economic development, and climate resilience related to waterfront and open space. Michael was also the Project Director for Vision 2020, New York City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan that received numerous awards, including the American Planning Association’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award for Comprehensive Planning in 2012. Michael is an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute and has lectured at numerous colleges and universities. Michael holds a BA from Vassar College and a Master in City Planning from MIT.