About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Vice president of the Regional Science Research Institute and regional scientist Robert Coughlin is interviewed about the founding of the institute and its work for the city of Philadelphia. He also talks about his early career in city planning and mentions his involvement in several development projects within Philadelphia. Mr. Coughlin received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and subsequently published several works on a variety of subjects related to economics and municipal planning.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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