December 1950

  • Build and Be Damned

    Every motorist is aware of the monotonous new communities, the clusters of little pastel houses, which have mushroomed up overnight within a thirty-mile radius of most American cities. Have they been planned with forethought or simply with a rich profit in mind? Robert Moses, who puts the question, is an authority on parks, highways, housing, and municipal and state planning. In his thirty years of participation in New York's city and state governments, he has served every governor since Al Smith and both Mayors La Guardia and O'Dwyer. He has recently completed a report for the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on its needed public improvement.

  • Dorothy Wordsworth: The Perfect Sister

    Dorothy Wordsworth, though never a poet herself, had the distinction of being the indispensable sister for two men of genius. For a portrait of her —of what she was and of what she was not —we turn to George Mallaby, author of a volume on Wordsworth, who graduated from Merton College, Oxford, in 1923; served as Secretary of the Joint Planning and Intelligence Committee during the Second World War, and is today a key figure in Western Union and Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Defense.  

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We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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Let's Talk About Not Smoking

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