It’s a lesson every big city planner needs to learn too:
Cities are made from the bottom up. They’re organic. They develop with each individual decision about each individual building, letting the energy of a city flow incrementally to the parts that are more or less highly valued, to develop in a way that reflects the reasons for that valuation.
It’s the release of an abundant creative energy reflected in concrete form in every great city.
Whereas all that the rules of a plan can do is to ban. And constrain. And restrict.
And all that a monument builder can do is ride rough-shod over people’s dreams to build his own. And then send you the bill.