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
The interviewer Walter Massey Phillips asks Walter Johnson, the former executive director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, to recall how the DVRPC arose. The DVRPC and its preceding agency were and and still are federally funded advisory organizations that deal with transportation at the local level and with transportation planning. Under their leadership, programs like the Penn Jersey Transportation Study and SEPTA were developed. Airports and airport planning also fell under their purview.
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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