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"Gregory Heller's Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia provides a thorough, engaging, and compelling story abut the career of Philadelphia's most prominent urban planner. ... The book's content is extremely well documented and provides the reader with a new perspective on many of the city's rather famous midcentury plans and development projects. Aside from the rich historical narrative, which is valuable in and of itself, the book succeeds at making clear connections to contemporary planning practice. ... a terrific contribution to the literature on planning history, the politics of urban planning and development, and the value of of physical planning."—Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Journal of Planning Education and Research
"Heller's book gives us a fascinating—and sympathetic—account of Bacon's accomplishments."—The New Republic
"Edmund Bacon, probably the most relentless and determined of all planners, believed that the most important and difficult thing to do was deciding what to advocate and that the trick in making that decision was selecting something that you could bring to fruition. . . . We are fortunate in having this stunning biography by Gregory Heller. The result is an engrossing story explaining how modern Philadelphia took shape."—From the Foreword, by Alexander Garvin
This is a fine book that uses Ed Bacon's career as a vehicle for describing how Philadelphia evolved in the post-WW2 era as well as probing the strengths and weaknesses of the city... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael S. McGill
A valuable book on a major figure in post-WW II Philadelphia. Not particularly well written and could have used a stronger editorial hand to help shape the organization.Published 11 months ago by Herbert J. Addison
Gregory Heller has written a smart and meaty book about a very interesting person in Philadelphia history.Published 16 months ago by Steve Berg
The book shows how, as Philadelphia City Planning Commission Director, Ed Bacon saw success and failure in getting his plans implemented. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Leon Czikowsky