At that the Pool became a scene of mad confusion, fighting, and collision, and for some time a multitude of boats and barges jammed in the northern arch of the Tower Bridge, and the sailors and lightermen had to fight savagely against the people who swarmed upon them from the riverfront
. People were actually clambering down the piers of the bridge from above.
Modeled after many successful, large-scale riverfronts and conservancies across the country, Hitchcock Design Group also recommends a combination of state and federal grants, Tax Increment Financing, and philanthropy to fund the $25M downtown Riverwalk and riverfront improvements.
On Friday, June 26, the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presented a Merit Award to the City of Kankakee for its Kankakee Riverfront Master Plan.
In 2017, newly elected Mayor Wells-Armstrong put riverfront improvements at the center of her "Kankakee Forward" agenda.
In the Kankakee Riverfront Master Plan, Hitchcock Design Group identifies a series of incremental policy, operational and capital improvements that when complete, will produce a package of distinctive river attractions, river connections, and adjacent residential and commercial development, tied together by a powerful river-centric brand.
Cities and developers investing millions to revitalize downtown riverfronts
should help ensure success by incorporating ecological principles into their projects, according to the authors of the new report, Ecological Riverfront
"The challenge of designing a great public space on this site presents a tremendous opportunity to transform an underutilized waterfront into one of the most vibrant and dynamic riverfronts in the world," said Brooklyn-born Ken Greenberg, who is heading the effort for Urban Strategies.
Once completed, the effort will transform an underutilized stretch of waterfront into a vibrant urban riverfront.