CITIES: Philadelphia's New Problem

Despite the ribbing to which the stolid old (276 years) city has been subjected for decades, Philadelphia (pop. 2,200,000) has much in common with other big U.S. cities: it is badly in need of a face-lifting. And more than most other cities, Philadelphia is up to its lorgnette in change. The sound of Philadelphia's mighty billion-dollar rebuilding program this week was clanging merrily from cobblestoned Society Hill to Germantown.

But, like many another city, Philadelphia in its ambitious urban-renewal program (e.g., rehabilitation of downtown shops, banks, hotels; 14-acre Penn Center replacing the...

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