Outspreading Cities

Archive Report

Centrifugal and centripetal forces, operating simultaneously, have created complex problems for virtually all large American cities—problems to which no adequate solutions have yet been found. On the one hand, population, business and industry are spreading out over the countryside, far beyond city limits. On the other hand, the central sections of cities are becoming steadily more congested and a principal contributing factor is the daily influx of people and automobiles from surrounding territory. Added to the problems raised by movements of population and economic activity beyond the reach of the municipal tax collector is the almost insoluble problem of protecting cities against attack from the air.

The great concentrations of population and productive facilities in such metropolitan centers as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and ...

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