New Architecture and City Planning: A Symposium

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THE INFLUENCE OF PUBLIC UTILITIES ON CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING

By JOHN A. ELY

The purpose of this brief article is to outline the importance of the place that Public Utilities should take in city and regional planning.

The utilities to be considered are the undertakings of supplying water to an area and the disposal of waste products, the services providing light and power requirements and the means of communication, such as telephone, telegraph, etc., but omitting the transportation facilities.


I. OUR DEPENDENCE UPON THE PUBLIC UTILITY

A starting point is the recognition of our dependence upon the services named. It is obvious that the physical well being of any assemblage of people in towns and cities is dependent upon an adequate supply of pure water and a sanitary system for the disposal of the waste products of life.

In addition there is the economic necessity of an adequate supply of water under suitable pressure for fire protection.

Professor Harold E. Babbitt, M. S., in his well known textbook on Sewage and Sewage Treatment, points out that while we could get along without light and the other conveniences of our modern life, we are absolutely dependent upon the need for a supply of

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