December 1, 2015 Subject:
The City Planning Problem Was Solved
By LBJ's "Great Society." Subsidized breeding and free handouts took care of overpopulation; and it didn't take long. Out into the wild blue yonder, lovely suburbs sprang up. More room, newer stuff, better planning. You just had to do something with your life to afford it, and, of course, behave yourself.
Today, Detroit is a city planner's dream. Open meadows everywhere. A population about one third its max. You could sit around and plan streets, boulevards and parks - like all day. Question is: will anybody come to it?
March 2, 2010 Subject:
Title for the sequel:
How Cities Grew into Slums after the Reagan Revolution.
October 30, 2003 Subject:
American Cities: Big, Bigger, Biggest!
This Encyclopedia Brittanica film gives a dry overview of the growth of cities in America, city planning, and urban problems. Since its EB, its all pretty standard and conventional. It ends optimistically, expressing the hope that proper planning can prevent urban problems in the future. Lots of scene of 50s urban life are shown, giving this some historical value, but mostly its dull viewing.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: *. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
July 24, 2003 Subject:
Cities are nice places to live!
Nice overview of what makes a city grow (using easy to follow maps) and the consquences of having a city grow too fast (featuring a great mob fight scene). The film seems actually quite balanced, which is nice for a change as usually films like this are preoccupied with urban sprawl. Mind you this is probably the mid 50's we're talking about though, and some of the major problems had yet to rear it's ugly head. But still this seemed to have a nice rosy hopeful end.