LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM EUROPE

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM EUROPE CAN BE EXPRESSED IN ONE SENTENCE' LETS STOP BUILDING SURBURBAN SLURBS AND DOWNTOWN HOUSING PROJECTS AND START BUILDING COMMUNITIES, BOTH IN THE COUNTRY AND IN THE CITY. EUROPE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LONDON, HAS AVOIDED THE AMERICAN POSTWAR MISTAKE OF BUILDING SPRAWLING SUBURBS AND ACCOMMODATES ITS POSTWAR EXPANSION LARGELY IN COMPREHENSIVELY PLANNED COMMUNITIES. AN IMPRESSIONISTIC REPORT ON NEW TOWNS IN ENGLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, HOLLAND AND GERMANY, REVEALS THAT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE IDEAL. SOME OF THEM OVEREMPHASIZE OPEN SPACE AND LACK COHESION. OTHERS LACK FACILITIES OR CULTURE ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT. MANY OF THEM, HOWEVER, HAVE SUCCEEDED IN CREATING A GOOD HUMAN ENVIRONMENT WHERE EVEN THE TEENAGERS ARE REASONABLY HAPPY AND WELL BEHAVED. AND ALL OF EUROPES EFFORTS SHOW AN ENVIABLE COORDINATION AND COOPERATION BETWEEN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF PLANNING- TRANSPORTATION, LAND USE, SOCIAL, ARCHITECTURAL AND ECONOMIC . NOR IS THERE ANY DISTINCTION BETWEEN PLANNING AND ACTING. FINLAND AND, TO SOME EXTENT, HOLLAND SHOWS THAT THIS IS POSSIBLE UNDER A FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. /AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 23-29
  • Monograph Title: Planned Communities
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239723
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 21 1994 12:00AM