John Nolen

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John Nolen was an urban planner from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the author of the original plans to create the Interstate 630 freeway in Little Rock. In his plan for the interstate Nolen reserved urban green space at a location now occupied by Lamar Porter Athletic Field.

Nolen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 14, 1869. An orphan, he lived at the Girard School for Orphaned Boys. Despite these modest beginnings he becam a grocery clerk, a secretary to the Girard Estate Trust Fund, and eventually attended the Wharton School of Finance and Economics. Nolen died on February 18, 1937.


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