Senior Advisor Greg Heller publishes his first biography entitled “Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and Building of Modern Philadelphia”, the six year culmination of work and research.
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Ed Bacon is the first biography of this charismatic but controversial figure. Gregory L. Heller traces the trajectory of Bacon’s two-decade tenure as city planning director, which coincided with a transformational period in American planning history. Edmund Bacon is remembered as a larger-than-life personality, but in Heller’s detailed account, his successes owed as much to his savvy negotiation of city politics and the pragmatic particulars of his vision. In the present day, as American cities continue to struggle with shrinkage and economic restructuring, Heller’s insightful biography reveals an inspiring portrait of determination and a career-long effort to transform planning ideas into reality.
Gregory L. Heller is a practitioner in the fields of economic development and urban planning. His writing on city planning has appeared in Next American City, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Alexander Garvin is President and CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., and author of several books, including The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t.