My firm is currently under contract to layout a 900 unit multi-family development & marina on a 62 acre site in Jacksonville, Florida. The site sits directly across from the Tallyrand Port Facilities on the St. Johns River, about a mile north of downtown, adjacent to Jacksonville University in an area called Arlington.
Although we do mostly suburban oriented work, I'd like to keep that crap out of the inner city. I'm trying to convince my boss to add a public two lane street with limited parallel parking along the riverfront, similar to Charleston's Battery or Savannah's riverfront, instead of walling off the river with suburban townhomes featuring 2 car garages and driveways with 90 degree parking spaces. Unfortunately, he believes this is not feasible and the only reason these cities have layouts like that is because they are hundreds of years old.
What is everyone's opinion regarding having a street parallel the river, verses walling it off with private townhomes? As a resident in one of these waterfront townhomes, would you rather your home be on the river or setback from it, with a narrow street and pedestrian promenade between the two?
Are there any examples of recent urban developments that have public streets and promenades lining urban waterfronts?