Edward Norton is a renowned actor and has been for decades. But he’s not the only person in his family with a legacy of culturally relevant work. Norton’s grandfather, James Rouse, was a real estate mogul who redesigned how American cities look in a way that is still recognizable today. That success gave Rouse’s descendants a privileged upbringing that is rare for most people, but more common among Hollywood circles. 

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James Rouse is an unsung pioneer of American architecture 

Actually, referring to James Rouse as merely a real estate tycoon minimizes his legacy. He had a specific vision of how American cities should be designed and how they can best serve the communities that live there. 


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