Gregory Heller is CEO of American Communities Trust, a national community development organization, and author of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia. His website is at www.hellergreg.com. The views reflected here are solely the author's own and do not reflect those of any company or organization with which Heller is affiliated.
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The Love Park redesign
No love for Love
If we continue down our current track, the new Love Park may look more attractive for a few years, but it would surely fare no better than the current one at becoming a lively and inclusive urban space and withstanding the test of time.
Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Parkway is a disaster — let's fix it!
Does the Parkway really deserve a multiyear celebration of its upcoming centennial? No. Why? Because, as hard as it may be to admit, the Parkway was a mistake.
Is Philly ready for greatness? Maybe, maybe not
Dilworth Park is better than the old Dilworth Plaza. But it also isn't great.