New Architecture and City Planning: A Symposium

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SOME POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECTS OF REGIONAL PLANNING*

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PHILLIPS BRADLEY

The metropolitan pattern which has emerged in this country during the past half century has focused increasing attention on the limitations of physical planning within existing municipal or even county boundaries. The problem of establishing adequate areas for efficient regional planning is not, however, confined to our cities; it is implicit in the very concept of planning, rural as well as urban. Our experience, moreover, in seeking to establish effective agencies to perform even limited regional planning functions suggests that, today, the core of the problem is political or administrative, not physical or technical. The future of regional planning depends very largely on ability to remove these political and administrative barriers which often frustrate effective action--at least as successfully as we have resolved the physical and technical problems

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The analysis of problems in this paper is based on the assumption that regional planning organization and authority are to be carried on as an official function under a public agency. The assumption does not reflect current practice in the United States except in a few isolated instances. The movement to establish quasi-official agencies, utilizing the cooperation of unofficial organizations, is widely supported today and is, perhaps, the most certain next step. See American Society of Planning Officials, Organization for Metropolitan Planning ( Chicago, The Society, 1943) where thoughtful and penetrating analysis is given to this and related devices. Here, an attempt is made to forecast some of the problems which will be met in developing official regional planning organizations and procedures.

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