Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia
This book is the first biography of the innovative and controversial city planner who transformed Philadelphia in the mid-twentieth century with urban renewal. As director of the Planning Commission, Bacon forged new approaches to neighborhood development and elevated Philadelphia's image to the level of great world cities. Urban development came with costs, however, and projects that displaced residents and replaced homes with highways did not go uncriticized. Despite these challenges, Bacon oversaw the planning and implementation of dozens of redesigned urban spaces: the restored colonial neighborhood of Society Hill, the new office development of Penn Center, and the transit-oriented shopping center of Market East. As today's cities continue to struggle, this book inspires with its portrait of determination to transform planning ideas into reality.
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