Monday, July 03, 2006

Progressivism + Design

As people continue to debate the future of Public Square and the public funding mechanisms that would need to be instigated to facilitate the re-design, I would like to direct people to some pertinent reading.

Thomas Hines, a professor of architectural history at UCLA, wrote Burnham of Chicago, a biography of Daniel Burham, father of the Cleveland Group Plan. One chapter, Chapter 8, discusses the intersection of Mayor Tom Johnson's Progressive politics and Daniel Burnham's passion for urban design and architecture.

We need to revisit the lessons of a century ago, understanding the potency of urban design as a resurrecting agent.

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