Visitors to Penns Landing, Society Hill, Independence Mall and other locations of note in Philadelphia owe at least a modicum of appreciation to the efforts of Edmund Bacon, often described as the "father of modern Philadelphia."

Author Gregory Heller has written a comprehensive biography of this complex man, who continued to influence city projects and planning until his death in 2005 at the age of 95. Gregory Heller spoke with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller (no relation).