The Future of Our Cities

The Future of Our Cities

The Future of Our Cities

The Future of Our Cities

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The title of this book is "The Future of Our Cities." The theme is of paramount importance because the future of our cities may be synonymous with the future of our culture and our civilization. Since we are becoming to an ever increasing degree an urbanized nation, the future of our cities will decide our future as a free democratic society.

The very word, civilization, has its origin in the Latin, "civitas," or urban community. Cities have been from time immemorial the cradle of human thought and human progress. In a society like ours, in which the vast majority lives within urban organizations, the question of how we will manage to live and work and communicate within this pattern is of decisive importance.

The bewilderingly rapid technological development which has characterized the last fifty years has not been matched by thorough planning and the implementation of such planning in our urban areas. Instead of acting to change or to adapt our cities to the 20th century, we have only haphazardly reacted by applying a patchwork of policing and control measures. By our failure to act, we have rendered existing parts of the city unlivable and unworkable. We have made refugees of a great part of their population and . . .

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