Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Revisiting Ed Bacon's Legacy and the Future of Planning in Philly

Revisiting Ed Bacon's Legacy and the Future of Planning in Philly 

A recent biography of Philadelphia’s most famous urban planner, Ed Bacon, has refreshed a discussion about the role of planning in Philadelphia. Known for his work on urban renewal, Bacon left his mark on the city in ways both good and bad. Now, Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger fills the role of chief city planner, with an equally demanding job of overseeing economic development. Greenberger and Greg Heller, author of "Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia" will look at whether urban planning still drives development in the city. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Inga Saffron will moderate. This event is hosted by Next City.

Note, this event was rescheduled from its original date. It will now be held on Tuesday, July 30th from 5:30-7:00 PM at Fleisher Art Memorial (719 Catharine St, Philadelphia). More info.
Recent Book Reviews

Recent reviews of "Ed Bacon" are starting a fresh conversation around Bacon's legacy and the future role of urban planning in America.

Summer Book QuarterlyPhiladelphia City Paper (by Bryan Bierman)
- "Edmund Bacon, doer,The Philadelphia Inquirer (by Inga Saffron)
"The Philadelphia Story," Architect (by Ben Adler)
"Ed Bacon" Featured on WHYY

Greg Heller was interviewed by Dave Heller on WHYY's NewsWorks Tonight in a segment titled "Edmund Bacon, architect of modern Philadelphia, and champion of skateboarders." The interview aired on the radio and is available online. Listen to the interview here.
Book Talks in Philadelphia & Baltimore

Many thanks to the great venues that hosted successful "Ed Bacon" book talks over the past month, including theAthenaeum of PhiladelphiaCenter for Architecture's Building Philadelphia Lecture Series, Franklin Inn Club, and D Center Baltimore's Design Conversation at Windup Space. If your organization would like to host a book talk, please contact Greg Heller.

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