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Paul Davidoff graduated from Allegheny College in 1952, attended Yale Law School, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Planning and Architecture in 1956, and received a law degree from Pennsylvania in 1961. He served as a planner for the Delaware County Planning Commission, the New Canaan Planning Commission, Voorhees, Walker, Smith & Smith, and the New York City Planning Commission. From 1958 to 1965, he taught in the City Planning Dept. of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as professor and director of the graduate program of the Urban Planning Program at Hunter College from 1965 to 1969. He was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress from the 26th Congressional District, New York in 1968. In 1969, with Neil Gold, he formed and became Executive Director of the Suburban Action Institute, which became the Metropolitan Action Institute in 1980. His work with both organizations included supervision of research projects, zoning litigation, corporate relocation studies, other expert testimony, conference and fundraising activities, teaching and lecturing at a number of institutions, consulting, and publishing. In 1982, Davidoff and the Metropolitan Action Institute became associated with Queens College. Paul Davidoff died in December 1984.