The Study of Man: Where City Planning Stands Today
One question about city planning must have come to the mind of anyone who has fingered the magnificent volumes in which the proposals of planners are generally presented. Why do those green spaces, those carefully placed skyscrapers, those pleasant residential districts and equally pleasant factory and working areas, still remain dreams for the most part? Why are our cities hardly any less ugly and unpleasant than they were at the height of the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution?
This article will try to suggest the answers. But we may begin by saying that the history of city planning gives us, once again, an example of the paradox which seems to infect almost every grand effort to improve man’s state: first there is a great vision that moves some men but is too remote from the practical world to have much effect; but then as the vision is taken up by many men and becomes practical, it seems to lose its power to effect the great changes originally envisioned.
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