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The City - American Institute of City Planners, 1939

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Published on Mar 15, 2011

A clip from a film made by the American Institute of City Planners in 1939 called "The City" shown at the General Motors Futurama exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. This is what planners then imagined cities would be like in 1960. Good for showing what Jane Jacobs was reacting to in the Intro of Death and Life of Great American Cities--in which she attacks "current city planning and rebuilding" (the City Beautiful movement, Ebenezer Howard's Garden City, Decentrism, Le Corbusier's Vertical City, etc).

The clip is from a VHS tape about the 1939-40 New York World's Fair called "The World of Tomorrow," directed by Tom Johnson and Lance Bird and produced by Direct Cinema Ltd in 1992.

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