• LOCATION 28 | Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront

    East Central Incinerator Site

    A low point of Philadelphia waterfront’s saga was the East Central Incinerator, which used to be just to the right of where you are now.

    This city-owned trash-burning plant was put into operation in the mid-1960s. Its construction right on the Delaware signified how disconnected the city had become from its main river by the mid-twentieth century. The incinerator was a vacant rusting eyesore for years, and was dismantled in 2002 after an environmental cleanup. Much of the site is now part of Festival Pier.

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