Take me to the River! (and the canal+creek)

The waterways of Trenton were integral to its success as an industrial giant.  Ships came up the navigable waters of the Delaware River delivering raw materials and taking away finished goods.  Goods traveled on further, following the Delaware + Raritan (D+R) Canal.  The Assunpink Creek took the brunt of the industrial burden as the tributary became a dumping ground for all sorts of industrial waste and byproducts.

Today the banks of the Delaware can not be reached as the shoreline is severed from the city  by Route 29.  The D+R canal is simultaneously used as a dumping ground for trash and as a source of drinking water.  The Assunpink  has been overtaken by vegetation and is hidden from view.

Now for the good news!  These water resources have not been lost!  They can be re-activated through a variety of practical means.  The following images explore just how this can happen.

Route 29 is a barrier to access to the Delaware River

break barriers and make a landing on the river

Crescent Powerhouse

the site is underutilized and forgotten

The re-use of the Powerhouse as a landmark on the Assunpink Creek Park will tap into the strong cultural identity of Trenton


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