New-Town Movement in United States
Every year a million acres of American countryside succumb to the bulldozer to meet the needs of an expanding urban population. Public figures are predicting that for every building now standing another will be added by the turn of the century, only a generation away. Robert C. Weaver, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has pointed out that “Regardless of the merits or defects of our present suburbs, we shall see more of them.” 1 The question, he says, is not whether to encourage more housing development in the fringe areas and beyond, but whether to go about it in more creative ways and make the new dwelling places more economical and more attractive.
Construction of “new towns” is proposed ...