Urbanism

Wash It Out

September 16, 2011 | by Nathaniel Popkin

William Penn by Bill Cannon

We’ve become used to our own kind of “green-washing,” dyeing our ideas and aspirations for a sustainable city in William Penn’s moniker “Green Country Town.”

But Penn only used this term once. “It actually applies to an earlier plan, which really was a very different layout,” says historian Lily Milroy, in an interview for the film series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.”

On the other hand? “He was thinking about Philadelphia as a commercial center, as a port, a prosperous port,so he could exploit that for his own financial ends and profit from economic development.”

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Nathaniel Popkin Hidden City Daily co-founder Nathaniel Popkinā€™s latest novel, "The Year of the Return," explores race and loss in a year of upheaval, 1976. His book To "Reach the Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in an Age of Eco-Crisis" is forthcoming in December 2020.

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