Who Were the First Social Entrepreneurs?
Frederick Law Olmstead
Frederick Law Olmsted was a champion of the late 19th-century "City Beautiful" movement. Olmstead's work transforming cities with open space took off when his plan for New York City's Central Park won a design competition. He created a slew of other major urban parks, including Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C. and Boston's Emerald Necklace. Olmstead is now considered the founder of the landscape architecture profession in the United States, and has changed the way we think about environment and architecture. Americans now view cities as nice places to live and work, instead of primarily centers of commerce.
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