A Tribute To Edmund Bacon

Edmund Bacon, Philadelphia's most influential planner, died on October 14th, leaving behind a legacy of public service.
October 18, 2005, 5am PDT | Brenda Meyer
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"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."

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Published on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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