Monday, June 7, 2010

On Democracy and Urban Planning...

According to one practitioner, the two don't live comfortably together. At the end of this article in the Atlantic, urban planner Andres Duany sites Singapore as an example of good urban planning in a needless to say less than democratic environment.

Robert Moses' plan for expressways in Manhattan and Le Corbusier's for the destruction of the Marais in Paris in order to build Robert Taylor style housing projects are two examples to the contrary that come immediately to mind. Thank God that public uproar led to the demise of these two horrific plans that came close to reality.

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