In the documentary “The ten Town That Changed America” Geoffrey Baer illustrates the evolution of ten popular cities of the 21st century America. Done in chronological order, the documentary explores how these US cities were developed by visionary citizens who combined, urban planning, design, and architecture to change the way people lived. According to the documentary, these planners had passion and great insights for urban development, although driven by different inspirations and motivations. But one thing was central to these people: to build an environment that would change the way people live in America. Top of the list is St. Augustine, which happens to be the oldest colonial town in the United States, as well as the first planned city and the first to use the “grid” as a settlement …show more content…
His town plan was a beautiful and spacious grid of two miles by one mile, that will completely fill up the land between the Philadelphia’s two rivers. In the century that followed, many other American town planners copied Penn’s plan. And today, Philadelphia has one of the strongest and most effective grids in the country. Salt Lake City, Utah, was originally planned by Joseph Smith and in 1847 built by Brigham Young after Smith died. Brigham used Smith’s “Plat of the City of Zion” to lay out the city along the lines of the cardinal points of the compass. The success of the Plat led to the construction of hundreds of new buildings by the Mormons, across Salt Lake City. In Riverside, Illinois, Fredrick Law Olmsted, famous for designing the New York Central Park, brought his artistry to one of the first planned suburbs in America. In his design of Riverside, he broke away from the conventional grid pattern and made a street block and lock pattern, which was inspired by the curvilinear nature of the Des Plaines River. You can always find a bit of Riverside DNA in most suburbs that are being built today. Not far from
The book that I chose for my book review is titled This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! - In America’s Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich. Mark Leibovich, a correspondent for the New York Times, and former Washington Post gives American’s an inside look at the political agendas of individuals who run our nation during the presidential election from the years 2008-2012. His novel provides readers with the shockingly honest and upsetting reality of how and who our government is run by. Leibovich’s title derives from the many numerous names that relay to the “elite” member of D.C’s political system.
The layout of cities in Europe were clustered and not symmetrical; William Penn wanted the city of Philadelphia to have order and spaciousness, which no other city at that time had. Penn wanted the cities ' design to be different after visiting numerous European cities including, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Hamburg, and seeing the poverty and disease that had run rampant. He was influenced greatly by both the Bubonic plague and the Great Fire of 1666 for the rectilinear layout of the city, as the fire and disease spread quickly due to poor planning of the city. Penn and Thomas Holme were the first to design a city layout in that way and their ideas were then made the model for cities that followed in America. It was clear that medicine in
The rise of cities in America’s cities grew in all direction after the Civil War. With the increase of cities and population it cause the cities to face several problem. For example, people who worked in huge cities had no choice but to live in overcrowded apartment. They also faced problem of sanitation, health and moralse. They had little
The book Into Thin Air by John Krauker really identifies how capitalism and the hunger for profit are taking over how leaders and citizens run communities. When you look around and see construction, cranes, and buildings being built, it is just another way that the city is trying to maximize their profits and growth. If you look around, there are hundreds of thousands of new houses being built every year in your area. What does this mean to the city? More profit because of the new residents moving in.
Beginning in the 1790’s, continuing into the 1800’s American politics became a brutal sport. Problems arose between the people as attention shifted from building a new federal government to how powerful that federal government would be. The decision of what America’s government would be and represent was more than urgent. Although American’s government was up in the air, citizens still made their wants for change known. For example, Franklin 's Address on Slavery (November 9, 1789) where he called for an end to slavery and gave ways that the tradition could be dismantled.
A New World The First Americans The Settling of the Americas - Most residents were descended from bands of hunters and fishers who had crossed the Bering Strait via a land bridge at various times 15k-60k years ago. - 14k years ago, glaciers began to melt at the end of the last Ice Age, submerging the land link between the Western Hemisphere and Asia. - Warming climate created a food crisis. Developing agriculture made civilizations possible 9k years ago.
During the 1800 many individuals shaped what we call today the American society and culture. Many settlers’ didn’t know how impactful this would affect in today’s society. Some of the greatest example that changed America was Roger Williams, Alexander Hamilton, Nathanael Greene, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Rolfe, William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and least but not last Thomas Paine. They became well recognized during the 1800 due to their major judgments such as religious issues, politically, economically, and founding new lands in America. In addition, they also left a legacy for many founded colonies in the United States.
The 17th America was a farmland. People were poor and some migrated to this country in the hope of quick wealth. Individuals from England and Europe began to migrate to America. The book gives a detailed account of the first houses, or rather huts which have been built in America.
During the nineteenth century and into the beginning of the twentieth (also known as the Gilded Age), American cities began to blossom into diverse settings that developed new lifestyles, innovations (and inventions) and much more. Railroads and mass transits (commuting) made transportation of people and goods into the city more efficient, especially for people in the West and the South. American cities also began developing great pieces of architecture such as skyscrapers and dumbbell tenements that were work places and homes for many natives and immigrants. Additionally, the arrival of immigrants of into the land of the free provided for cheap labor for employers, contributed immensely to the cities’ population and allowed for the development of new culture in the
Saint. Augustine St. Augustine is a city of Florida, United States of America, in the region known as “the First Coast of Florida”. I’m going to give some information about this Founded in September 1565 by the Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St. Augustine is the oldest city of European origin in the US territory permanently inhabited. St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement occupied until now in the United States. The Spaniards had previously explored the area in expeditions that took place between 1513 and 1563, in order to colonize the Spanish Florida, and directed by various conquerors: Juan Ponce de León in 1513, Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón in 1526, Panfilo Narvaez in 1527 -together with his sheriff Alvar Nunez
The states massive growth rate includes multiple reasons for this phenomenon. The urbanization of Boston occurred so rapidly because of its unique city flare. Throughout the years of urbanizing, the great city of Boston experienced a very common urban change called, socio-spatial urban change. Boston developed a shift in the patterns of population growth and the boundaries of the urban areas around the city to include greater amounts of people and space over time. In the first appendix I included two images of Boston’s spatial expansion from the years 1870 to 2015.
“The Men Who Built America DVD” begins immediately after the American Civil War. The United States was in a rebuilding stage and the future of the country seemed uncertain. During the next 35 years, there would be a group of men who would change the country and the world forever. These men would have power and wealth never before seen in the world and would direct the United States into the 20th century. The first man is Cornelius Vanderbilt who was a successful business man his entire life.
The city of Phoenix and its built environment can be changed to increase its resiliency by implementing greener infrastructure, improve transportation, and introduce policy to help encourage more environmentally conscious decisions. Through ICLEI’s website link to Resilient Communities for America (RC4A), Resilient America was discovered. Resilient America is a collaboration between ICLEI-USA, National League of Cities, World Wildlife Fund, and U.S. Green Building Council. Resilient America encourages communities and governing bodies to create communities that can bounce back more easily from issues, such as extreme weather, energy crisis, and economic challenges all while promoting city-to-city exchange (“Resilient Communities for America”). As mentioned in the website’s section on Infrastructure Renewal techniques such as “Investing in upgrades to community facilities to safely serve the needs of changing communities decades into the future.
Planning is transforming socially, but to achieve change it has to bring together, politicians, planners, and residents (Sandercock, 2004). Citizen’s opinions and rights should be taken into consideration. It is the number one rule in the planning process for participants. It says, “recognize the rights of citizens to participate in planning decisions” (Ethical, n.d.). Cities cannot progress unless they change their ways of doing things.
Introduction As the world’s population continues to migrate and live in urban areas, planners, engineers, and politicians have an important role to ensure that they are livable and sustainable. But what defines an urban area and what makes it so attractive? In my opinion, urban areas are places that consist of a variety of land uses and buildings, where services and amenities are easily accessible to the general public, and includes an established multimodal transportation network. Also, it should be a place where people can play, learn, work, and grow in a safe and collaborative manner.