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

Join Next City for a discussion with Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Urban Planning, and Greg Heller, author of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia, moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Inga Saffron.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – Wednesday, December 31, 1969

5:30pm - 7:00pm

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.

At a time when the chorus seems to be “jobs jobs jobs” does planning still matter? What would Ed Bacon say about the 2035 plan? Or about where to site the the city’s second casino? What will people say about the Greenberger era of planning 50 years from now? This discussion will take stock of the planning and economic development tools available to city officials to shape Philadelphia and other cities like it.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Please RSVP here.


Fleisher Art Memorial (Sanctuary)
719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA

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