Inquirer: Ground broken for new Barnes home

Inquirer: Ground broken for new Barnes home

After years of litigation, court hearings, protests and fundraising, the renowned Barnes Foundation, long of Latchs Lane in Merion, finally broke ground this morning on a new $150 million museum building along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

"Let me say very clearly," Mayor Nutter said before an audience of several hundred assembled in an enormous tent at the 21st Street site, "after a long journey, the Barnes is coming to Philadelphia. This is going to happen . . . One of the greatest museums in the world will be right here."

The museum is slated to open in 2012.

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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