A Tribute To Edmund Bacon

Edmund Bacon, Philadelphia's most influential planner, died on October 14th, leaving behind a legacy of public service.

"Whether Mr. Bacon was pushing for the demolition of the city's infamous Chinese Wall to make way for the modern commercial downtown, arguing for selective redevelopment of a shabby river ward that became known as Society Hill, conceiving of a central city mall anchored by big department stores - the future Market East - or sketching out plans for what became iconic spaces such as Independence Mall and JFK Plaza, he kept one thing foremost in his mind: Philadelphia could be at the top of contemporary American cities, boasting a vibrant center, muscular public design, housing for the middle and upper classes, and rejuvenated green spaces."

Full Story: Edmund Bacon, planner behind Phila.'s renaissance

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