Time Clock: Planner & Patron

ROBERT WHITTLE DOWLING

ONE of the most influential men in U.S. city planning is neither a licensed architect, a city official, nor an engineer. He is Manhattan Real Estate Tycoon Robert W. Dowling. who at 64 bosses the $53 million City Investing Co., and whose conception of his role makes him an amateur do-it-yourself designer, an inventor and innovator, and a patron of the arts on a grand scale. Bowling's purpose is simple enough. He wants 1) to make money, while 2) enhancing the U.S. landscape with well-planned developments. Says Dowling: "I always think about our place in history. The great...

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