City Builder Book Club: Chapter 1

Chapter 1:
Introduction

Chapter 1, page 16

Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city planning and city design.  This is the laboratory in which city planning should have been learning and forming and testing its theories.  INSTEAD the practitioners and teachers of this discipline (if such can be called) have ignored the study of success and failure in real life…”

Chapter 1, page 25
In New York’s East Harlem there is a housing project with a conspicuous rectangular lawn which became an object of hatred to the project tenants.  A social worker frequently at the project was astonished by how often the subject of the lawn came up, usually gratuitously as far as she could see, and how much the tenants despised it and urged that it be done away with…”

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