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Engineering PhiladelphiaThe Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis$
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Domenic Vitiello

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450112

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450112.001.0001

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Building the Scientific City

Building the Scientific City

(p.156) Chapter 6 Building the Scientific City
Engineering Philadelphia

Domenic Vitiello

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the Sellers family's diverse and often lasting impacts on the metropolitan built environment in the late nineteenth century. It first considers the role played by engineers like the Sellers in what would later be known as environmental planning and how their technologies, institutions, and real estate investments converged to establish a new urban order. It then explores how the Sellers, through their pursuit of institutional strategies, helped strengthen Philadelphia as an early center of electrical engineering and allied industry. It also discusses the Sellers's use of emerging theories of urban planning based in social and environmental science to restructure regional land use and concomitant patterns of class, along with their role in the suburbanization of manufacturing and the working class during the period. Finally, it explains how the Sellers's built environment enabled them to guide urban development and compete with the elite of other cities.

Keywords:   suburbanization, Sellers family, built environment, engineers, environmental planning, Philadelphia, urban planning, manufacturing, working class, urban development

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