June 3, 2013
State is responsible for schools As a Philadelphia public-school parent, I am intimately familiar with the efforts the district has taken to cut spending. Our children are losing everything that counts to give them a complete education - music, art, counselors, nurses, sports. Gov. Corbett and the legislature seem to think all public-school students deserve is warehousing. Perhaps they need to read the state constitution again: Our children have a constitutional right to education.
May 25, 2013 |
Philadelphia is a city that struggles with certain disadvantages. It is not easy being stuck midway between the nation's financial and political capitals. It doesn't regularly produce winning sports teams. We don't have enough corporate giants headquartered here, or enough of the philanthropists who trail in their wake. But the most inexplicable shortcoming, it's always seemed to me, was that there's no biography of Edmund Bacon. Bacon was not merely the greatest urban planner Philadelphia ever produced, he was also one of the greatest characters to figure on the city stage in the 20th century.
July 3, 2011 |
In X-Men: First Class , one of the summer's box-office hits ($320 million worldwide and counting), Kevin Bacon stars as a maniacal mutant super-villain. Later this month, the Philadelphia born-and-bred actor can be seen with Steve Carell in the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love . "I've always mixed it up," Bacon says on the phone from Los Angeles, where his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, is shooting the final season of The Closer . "That's been my MO. I don't want to do one kind of movie.
September 14, 2006 |
Everyone agreed yesterday that the late urban planner Ed Bacon would have loved it: official commemoration of his career at one of his proudest creations, LOVE Park in Center City. To anyone who knew him, one other thing was equally clear: Had Ed Bacon been in attendance, he would have used the occasion to buttonhole Mayor Street and other officials one more time to try to persuade them to let skateboarders back in the park. "With LOVE Park, his first-born, I don't think anybody - including Ed Bacon - had any premonition that this would become the skateboard capital of the East Coast," State Rep. Mark B. Cohen, a Philadelphia Democrat and son of the late City Councilman David Cohen, told the crowd of about 100 gathered at the northwest corner of 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
October 23, 2005 |
I met Ed Bacon - Philadelphia's longtime city planner who died Oct. 14 at age 95 - at a reception in 1978, after completing an oral history of Queen Village that explored the impact of Interstate 95. Highway opponents had recounted how Bacon responded to pleas to save homes. "He was godlike," they said. "He patted us on the head as if to say, 'Yes, my children' - then sent us on our way, and proceeded with demolition. " I introduced myself to Bacon that evening, joking I had just finished my Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as a footnote to his Hamlet.
October 16, 2005 |
As a kid, Ed Bacon of Darby would carry Judy Johnson's bags into the Hilldale ballpark and get some advice from the legendary third baseman. "I knew all the players," said Bacon, now 89, a loyal fan of Darby's Hilldale team that dazzled crowds and won the Negro Leagues world series in 1925. "They were one of the top teams, white or black," Bacon said. "It was a well-balanced team. All of them were good players. All of them were Jackie Robinsons. " And, in the mind of John Bossong, it's time those ballplayers received some recognition.
October 15, 2005
Greatness is not always cuddly. Edmund Bacon, the legendary city planner who died yesterday at age 95, was undeniably great. It's hard to imagine what Philadelphia would be today had Ed Bacon not made it his laboratory, his labor, his love for all those decades. Mr. Bacon was also undeniably stubborn and combative. He was always ready to fight the good fight, and some that were a little dubious. Few men harbor dreams for their city as grand as the ones he dreamt for Philadelphia; fewer still see so many of their ideas turned into glass and steel and concrete and macadam.
July 19, 2004
THE Daily News "Picture This" about the future of our Parkway has done a great service for the city. As an architect and city planner, I found points to quibble with, but as a whole the articles where as solid as the parkway. More thumbs up for the interview with Ed Bacon. Over the years I have witnessed Ed's passion for our city, and his ideas have swayed professionals and the public. However, just as often his ideas have been passsed off as mere ranting. I know why: His ideas are imaginative and sensible, but for their implementation, leadership is required.
October 2, 1997 |
In silence and in the dark, Ed Bacon listened yesterday as the architects who created the new - and likely final - plan for remaking Independence Mall went through their proposal slide-by-slide at a public briefing. He was not amused by what he heard. Before the lights went up, the 87-year-old urban planner was on his feet and on his way to the front of the auditorium. A National Park Service ranger handed him the microphone. "There is," Bacon said, "not a single idea in the whole damn thing.
October 20, 1995
What a terrible mistake it would be to dismiss veteran city planner Edmund Bacon as a lovable old cuss who just doesn't know when to let go. Mr. Bacon's freelance design for a breathtaking makeover of Independence Mall - with its wonderfully audacious goal of transforming Independence Hall's front yard into a showpiece for the nation - proves that he has a keen sense of exactly what's at stake. This man who, more than anyone, is responsible for the modern-day look of Center City Philadelphia, is appalled at the National Park Service's plan for the mall.