Delaware and Raritan Canal


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Delaware and Raritan Canal

(dĕl`əwâr, –wər; râr`ĭtən), abandoned canal, 45 mi (72 km) long, between Bordentown and New Brunswick, N.J., connecting the Delaware and the Raritan rivers; opened in 1834. Once an important inland waterway, it was superseded by the railroads in the latter half of the 19th cent.
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The mixed-use community, which is bordered by the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Main Street, represents the cornerstone of a multi-tiered plan to help revitalize the Somerset county borough's downtown district.
The Morris Canal (that crossed northern New Jersey) and the Delaware and Raritan Canal (that crossed the middle of the state) were two other reasonably profitable private canals (Crammer 1961, [1955] 1978).
The park in Trenton will link the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park to existing parks and historic sites.
The cleanup, to be completed over the next six months, will pave the way for the redevelopment of the 10.5-acre brownfield site adjacent to the Delaware and Raritan Canal into 152 townhomes and more than 20,000 square feet of street-level retail space with apartments above.
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