Robert Philip Gordon was one of the first planners in the country to envision “Community Involvement” as part of the planning process.

Upon graduation from the Master of City Planning program at I.I.T., Gordon first worked for the Chicago Department of Planning under Mayor Richard J. Daley. He helped to develop the Comprehensive Plan of Chicago, and became very interested in how communities could affect their own destinies. He collaborated with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization to create the document “Alternative Plans for Kenwood-Oakland” in 1968. (This document is held in Galvin Library Archives). The selected alternative was eventually passed by the Chicago City Council.

From 2000-2010 Robert was a member of Richard M. Daley’s Landscape Task Force, reviewing and advising the Mayor on projects throughout the city.


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