'The City': Urban Development Strategies From 1939

More

From Coronet Instructional Films: Insights into the problems of modern urban life from the Regional Planning Association of America ...

After contrasting an idyllic scene from an 18th-century town with the smog-filled slums of the 20th-century metropolis, this film short offers a solution for the modern American city: urban sprawl. Urbanization, with its smokey factories ("smoke makes prosperity, they say") and crowded tenements offers Americans a lesser quality of life than they had in quainter times. The answer: highways and suburban housing developments.


Seventy-two years after the RPAA's plead for sprawl, Edward Glaeser argues, in the current issue of The Atlantic that it's upward growth, rather than outward, that might be the answer.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Rebecca Greenfield is a writer based in Brooklyn. She was formerly on staff at The Atlantic Wire.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Time JFK Called the Air Force to Complain About a 'Silly Bastard'

51 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a very angry phone call.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in National

Just In