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Ed Bacon;Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia

Heller, Gregory L.

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ISBN 10: 0812244907 / ISBN 13: 9780812244908
Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2013
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Crisp, as new book -- no names or writing, no bumps to boards and no tears or chips to jacket which will arrive in brand new mylar cover. Charismatic, but controversial, Ed Bacon was an urban planner who changed a city. In the mid-20th century, Bacon took steps to halt the exodus into the suburbs and put Philadelphia on the map as a modern city. Illustrtated in black and white. 303 pages including index. Bookseller Inventory # 26036

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Title: Ed Bacon;Planning, Politics, and the ...

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing

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In the mid-twentieth century, as Americans abandoned city centers in droves to pursue picket-fenced visions of suburbia, architect and urban planner Edmund Bacon turned his sights on shaping urban America. As director of the Philadelphia City 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, nor was every development that Bacon envisioned brought to fruition. 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.

Ed Bacon is the first biography of this charismatic but controversial figure. Gregory L. Heller traces the trajectory of Bacon's two-decade tenure as city planning director, which coincided with a transformational period in American planning history. Edmund Bacon is remembered as a larger-than-life personality, but in Heller's detailed account, his successes owed as much to his savvy negotiation of city politics and the pragmatic particulars of his vision. In the present day, as American cities continue to struggle with shrinkage and economic restructuring, Heller's insightful biography reveals an inspiring portrait of determination and a career-long effort to transform planning ideas into reality.

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Gregory L. Heller is Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. His writing on city planning has appeared in Next American City, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Alexander Garvin is President of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., and author of several books, including The American City: What Works, What Doesn't.

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