Happy new year! There are two exciting events coming up that I want to share with you, and invite you to attend.
First, it was a great honor to be invited to speak at the National Building Museum on the "legacy of urban renewal." I am speaking as part of a terrific program on January 22nd, including fomer D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams among the presenters.
Secondly, I hope you will come be part of the awards ceremony for the 8th annual Better Philadelphia Challenge and Edmund N. Bacon Prize on February 18th. The prize this year will go to former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell. It is thrilling for me to see this program that I helped establish years ago, now remain so vibrant, relevant, and impactful in its 8th year.
I hope to see you at one or both of these events. Best wishes for a prosperous 2014!
The Legacy of Urban Renewal
A city leader, a planner, and an historian discuss the long-term impact of mid-century urban renewal in D.C.’s Southwest quadrant and explore how othercities have learned from past large-scale developments. This program coincideswith the publication Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia by Greg Heller, interim president & CEO of American Communities Trust, who is one of our panelists and who will sign copies of the book after the program.
Other panelists include Eugenie L. Birch, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, Lionel Lynch, principal, HR&A Advisors (moderator), and Anthony A. Williams, chief executive officer and executive director, Federal City Council and former Mayor Washington, DC (1999-2007). This program is presented in partnership with the Urban Land Institute Washington and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.
Better Philadelphia Challenge & Edmund N. Bacon Prize
Join political powerhouse Ed Rendell as he presents an insightful talk in honor of receiving the 2014 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for his lifetime of success in promoting smart investment in transportation infrastructure. The Edmund N. Bacon Prize is bestowed annually on an accomplished figure who, like Bacon (Executive Director of Philadelphia's City Planning Commission from 1949-1970), has achieved outstanding success in urban planning, development, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and a commitment to improving their community.
Ed Rendell is well known both locally and nationally as one of the foremost advocates for serious investment in transportation infrastructure, as has been evidenced through his tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia, Governor of Pennsylvania, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and as a political commentator on many national news programs. In 2008 Rendell co-founded Building America's Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to "bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation's prosperity and quality of life".
The Better Philadelphia Challenge annually gives university-level students from around the world the chance to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to aging industrialized cities around the globe. This year's challenge asked university-level students to imagine the physical shape of Philadelphia in a future of autonomous vehicles. First prize is $5,000.
Tuesday, February 18th 2014 7:00-8:30 PM at the Pennsylvania Convention Centers (theater, room 114)