Edward J. Logue, 78, the urban planner credited with putting a new face on Boston with projects such as the Government Center and the revitalized waterfront, died Jan. 27 at his home here on Martha's Vineyard. The cause of death was not reported.
In the late 1960s, Mr. Logue directed a team of urbanologists operating under a mandate from President Lyndon B. Johnson that developed an ambitious plan to create a new residential community for 25,000 people at the 335-acre Fort Lincoln site in Northeast Washington. But the plan was bogged down in controversy and bureaucratic wrangling and was eventually shelved.
Mr. Logue's greatest achievements were as director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority and in key planning positions he held in New York state.
In 1960, the Philadelphia native was recruited by the late Boston mayor John F. Collins to build on programs initiated in the 1950s by Collins's predecessor. Mr. Logue stayed at the authority until 1967, when he ran for mayor but did not win.
Aided by $2 billion in federal funds, the redevelopment authority pushed a number of projects during the 1960s. The new Government Center, an area combining federal, state and local government buildings, replaced the seedy Scollay Square. The city also got a redeveloped waterfront area and the Prudential Center.
The Faneuil Hall-Quincy Market restoration was conceived during Mr. Logue's years at the authority, though it wasn't opened until 1976. Under private developer James W. Rouse, the project skillfully combined specialty shops with the historic setting. It became one of the most-imitated community redevelopment projects in the country.
From 1968 to 1975, Mr. Logue was head of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's newly formed New York State Urban Development Corp. There he presided over the creation of 33,000 housing units in the state, including the development of Roosevelt Island in New York's East River.
Mr. Logue then formed his own consulting firm and worked on efforts to redevelop the troubled South Bronx, eventually becoming director of the city's South Bronx Development Office. But federal funds were less plentiful by then, and the project was disbanded in 1985.
Mr. Logue also was a founder of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation on Martha's Vineyard.