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SAN DIEGO'S CHARACTERLESS WATER-FRONT AS IT NOW IS, A SPRAWLING AND FORMLESS CONGLOMERATION OF STRUCTURES UNRELATED IN THEIR ARRANGE
MENT TO THE REST OF THE CITY AND INCONVENIENT FOR BUSINESS
create, under the given conditions, a model the spirit in which these men are at work. city that shall most comfortably and Associating themselves in little groups of happily serve a community, and do it, if two, three, or four, of a landscape artist, an possible, with a profit on the undertaking. architect, and perhaps an engineer, they
The best city planners — all of them are working out half a dozen plans — not practically — are now engaged on this in competition, for everybody is asked problem - under conditions significant of to view everybody else's work, criticise
AN AMERICAN CITY'S IDEA WHEN SOUTH BEND, IND., RECENTLY PREPARED FOR A CIVIC CELEBRATION, IT EXPRESSED ITS IDEAL OF
ERECTING OVER ITS MAIN STREET A SERIES OF SEMICIRCULAR ARCHES OF GASPIPE! A
SAN DIEGO AS IT MAY BE ITS WHARVES AND WAREHOUSES CONVENIENTLY ARRANGED AND CONNECTED WITH THE REST OF THE CITY BY PRACTICAL ARTERIES OF TRAFFIC, AND PART OF THE WATER-FRONT RESERVED FOR THE PEOPLE
it, or avail themselves of it. It is a revela- The time is rapidly passing when an tion of enthusiasm, of the utter absence of American city can think that it is beautianything like jealousy, that “speaks vol- fying itself by sticking up a Soldier's umes” concerning the spirit of the city. Monument (ordered out of a catalogue) on planning movement and the temper a corner, or putting up a series of gasbegotten in the men who have em- pipe arches the length of its main street. braced it.
The knowledge has definitely come that
OF "THE CITY BEAUTIFUL”
FOUR VIEWS AT RANDOM IN DÜSSELDORF, THE GREAT INDUSTRIAL CITY OF GERMANY, A CITY OF FACTORIES AND SMOKE
THE SCENES OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS CORRESPOND (IN LOCATION IF NOT IN OTHER
"THE PITTSBURGH OF EUROPE” AND RAPID GROWTH, HAS YET FOUND TIME TO BEAUTIFY EVERY PROSPECT AS IT GREW. RESPECTS) TO TYPICAL SCENES IN THE BUSINESS DISTRICT OF PITTSBURGH, PA.
the beauty of a city must be organic, saying, in a word, that behind the work in-dwelling, not applied on the outside; of the band of engineer-architects who are must lie in fitness, convenience, ease, the devoting themselves to the planning of planned harmony of parts.
towns and cities — certainly behind Mr. This story is endless, but this attempt Nolen's — is a deep sense of the relationat telling it must end. But not without ship between physical order and spiritual