Remaking Philadelphia’s Environment, 1854-2054

Posted on January 28, 2005

Historic Opportunities:
Remaking Philadelphia’s Environment, 1854-2054

Thursday, February 10 12:00pm
Golkin Room, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvani

The City Parks Association’s international design competition presents a historic opportunity for Philadelphia. Transforming the city’s vast supply of vacant land is a task on par with the creation of Fairmount Park in the nineteenth century. The choices we make today will affect the life of our neighborhoods and our region for decades to come. In this session, landscape historian Elizabeth Milroy of Wesleyan University will share her work on Fairmount Park and the City Parks Association, framing present opportunities within their historical context.

Historian Adam Levine of the Philadelphia Water Department will examine the ecological causes of vacancy and discuss plans for the future of the region’s watersheds. This event will take place within the context of Urban Studies Program co-director Mark Stern’s Urban Studies and History course, The Urban Crisis.

For more information and directions, contact the Urban Studies Program at 215-898-6948 or log on to

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