Carl Dranoff, president and founder of Dranoff Properties, 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.
As over 3,500 members of the Urban Land Institute gather in Philadelphia for the Spring Meeting, Carl reflects on all that’s changed in the twenty years since the conference last met in Philly.
“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?
This week, 3,000 members of the Urban Land Institute convene in Philadelphia to discover the secret to our city’s transformation. It’s been 20 years since their last meeting here, and in the two decades since, we Philadelphians have reimagined our skyline, recaptured our waterfronts, and realized the arts as an economic engine.
The answer to “how” comes down to two words: democracy and optimism.
In the city where American independence was declared and our spirit of innovation is balanced with a penchant for collaboration, city planning is hotly debated in boardrooms and gastropubs, in barbershops and galleries, in headlines and on the air. The citizens of Philadelphia certainly make their voices heard.”
To read Carl Dranoff’s full op-ed please visit http://bit.ly/1Nldkef or pick up a copy of today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.