Architect, Developer Agree Things Are Looking Up Around Here

Thinkfest

The city’s built environment reflects its more cosmopolitan attitude, say Cecil Baker and Jerry Sweeney.

Today’s Philadelphia is a dramatically different city from the Philadelphia of 30, 20, 10, or even five years ago. It has an actual skyline now, for starters. For another, there’s a sense of energy and excitement about the place, and a feeling among some that the city’s best days lie ahead.

This Philadelphia draws its newfound sense of itself to a large extent from the dramatic changes in its built environment over the last decade or so. Two of the people most responsible for those dramatic changes got together on the ThinkFest stage last Thursday to give their assessment of how we got here and where we might be headed.

One of them, Brandywine Realty Trust CEO Jerry Sweeney, pushes forward…

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