Megalopolis: Promise and Problems

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Increasing Urbanization of Population

Mushrooming cities and their even more rapidly growing suburbs are raising a major domestic problem for the United States. Intensification of long-standing urban ills—particularly those having to do with land use, transportation and social and physical environment—seems to have outrun the capacity of cities to handle the problems. Meanwhile, a mounting proportion of the country's population is crowding into metropolitan areas to reap the economic, social and intellectual benefits they offer.

President Johnson said in his State of the Union message to Congress, Jan. 4, that the first step in dealing with the problems of urban communities was “to break old patterns —to begin to think, work and plan for the development of entire metropolitan areas.” He called for establishment of a ...

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