Carl Dranoff, president and founder of Dranoff Properties and a Development Workshop member, penned an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer on how democracy and optimism have transformed Philadelphia and will continue to do so for years to come.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Commentary: Democracy and optimism transform Philadelphia
By Carl Dranoff | April 21, 2016
Philadelphia has gained its rightful place as a national model of urban renewal, and the proof is all around us.
It is in our skyline punctuated by Liberty Place and the Comcast Center. It's along corridors such as the Avenue of the Arts, one of the most successful catalysts for economic growth in the United States. It winds through the Schuylkill River Trail, voted the best urban trail in America. And it's in the $6.7 billion of new development underway throughout the city.
How did Philadelphia redefine itself from a quaint, historic city of neighborhoods, hobbled by industrial abandonment, into America's first World Heritage City, akin to Paris, Rome, Cairo, and Quebec?