Art: How to Cure the City

The world's most active laboratory of city planning is an orderly, well-lighted studio in the little town of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 15 miles from Detroit. Here advanced students of the famed Cranbrook Academy of Art work over maps, diagrams and statistics, rearranging the streets and buildings of such gigantic U.S. cities as Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago. In several smaller midwest cities, like Flint and Saginaw, their plans have actually been tried out.

Chief of this laboratory is a quiet little apple-cheeked Finn named Eliel Saarinen, who in the past 40 years has also redesigned...

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