The Failure of America’s First City Plan

This article examines the first city plan in America, a nine-square grid in New Haven, Connecticut. The author argues that the grid was not effective. The squares of the grid were designed to be too large, and in 1784, the city began to subdivide them, a project which took sixty years to complete. The grid reduced the flexibility of New Haven’s infrastructure. The article compares the city planning that went on in New Haven due to the grid with the neighboring areas at the time, which featured a more incremental development.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 507-568
  • Serial:
    • Urban Lawyer
    • Volume: 46
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: American Bar Association
    • ISSN: 0042-0905

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567909
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2015 7:14PM