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Planning in a Period of Discontinuity

Author: Ezra Ehrenkrantz

"The development of our Urban Infrastructure began with location and access. Once a center was established and started to grow schools, shops, churches, courthouses, libraries etc. all of these things followed. Radial roads and pathways brought more

people to the center and the population grew when work opportunities existed.


The distance between such centers depended on density and the travel time to reach the center. Civil Infrastructure developed in all its aspects to support the urban center with respect to roads, rail, water, sewer, power, communications, schools, hospitals, courthouses etc.


Increasing density and faster methods of transportation enabled urban centers to serve larger areas. Eventually Cities grew and absorbed town centers and served the needs of much larger areas. As commerce grew so did congestion and after WW2 the radially serviced city gave way to beltways which crossed the radial roads and created new addresses for development."

Date Created: November 1999; Date Posted: April 2006






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