Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Letter: Ahoy, Navy Yard, let us in!

An Inquirer reader on a Sunday letter asks why there isn't greater public access to the Navy Yard.

Letter: Ahoy, Navy Yard, let us in!

With recent articles on the success of the Navy Yard, I was eager to visit and check out the rehabbed historic buildings, LEED-certified new construction, the hulking, decommissioned Navy ships, and a master plan that called for more cycling and pedestrian access ("Navy Yard's rebirth," Feb. 3).

The only problem is that security guards bar nonemployees on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays. When I did manage to make a daytime visit, I was struck by the wonderful jogging paths along the river, bike paths, and freshly paved sidewalks.

But for all the talk of creating a mixed-use development that's "not just a 9-to-5 business district," a development that effectively bans visits remains just a Disneyland in the city. The Navy Yard would be an excellent and safe place for runners, cyclists, fishermen, and parents with small children on a weekend.

I ask that It should be opened to all, not remain a private country club.

Jake Liefer, Philadelphia

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