Ed Schwartz, who served on city council for one term from 1984-1988, and then spent time with the Office of Housing and Community Development, the Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission, and founded the Institute for the Study of Civic Values, passed away yesterday from a suspected heart attack. Council President Darrell Clarke said:
Councilman Schwartz was the classic neighborhood activist who, once in public office, expanded his megaphone broadly so that many other voices could be heard. He was able to transform his activism into sound public policy on a number of issues, particularly with regard to housing. He understood better than most in this business that Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, and that all are worthy of our care and attention.”
He was 69 years old.