Cities in Action by Eugene Van Cleef and G. Chandler (Auth.)

By Eugene Van Cleef and G. Chandler (Auth.)

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Planning provides for parks and playgrounds where they can be of great­ est service, for the most efficient distribution of schools, of 26 CITIES IN ACTION shopping facilities and for a long list of other benefits for all the people. The exploding city certainly is nothing of which to be proud. It is a danger signal which announces to orderly persons who believe in the good life with a minimum of waste that the explosion be controlled. To be sure, all the ruins resulting from the explosion can not be salvaged.

Its decorative effect is meant to please the esthetic sense of patrons and its openness simulates that of peripheral shopping centers which have become so popular. In 1959, Kalamazoo, Michigan converted two downtown blocks into a Mall. The innovation proved so successful it has been enlarged. On the other hand, Toledo, Ohio experimented with a somewhat similar Mall about the same time but after two years abandoned the idea. Knoxville, Tennessee approached the Mall concept rather boldly and has been quite pleased with the results.

Models as a collection of profiles of a city are among the most effective means of working out a city plan. 14 VISTAS PEOPLE like pleasing vistas. When travelers return from a tour they usually describe the beauty of vistas with as much enthusiasm as they describe any of their other observations. " As we look out over the countryside from a hillside or mountain top, or stand in admiration of a medieval structure, or delight in a garden vista, we derive inspiration from the scene. As we travel to regions we have not heretofore visited, how often have we been urged by friends to be sure to "take in the view" from a specified vantage point.

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