Thursday, August 15, 2013

Oh, what Old Frank could teach Len Brown

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.

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