The Land: More than Cosmetics

THE LAND

True or false? That the deterioration of the American landscape is continuing at a faster pace than ever before.

That the solution to the mess lies in big, bold plans that will effectively guide growth through 1985 or the year 2000.

That the proper use of open space is to structure the growth around it. Most people would say: True. But in a refreshing, optimistic and constructive book, The Last Landscape (Doubleday; $6.95), Author and Conservationist Wil liam H. Whyte firmly disagrees.

He should know. Back in the mid-1950s, about the time when his The Organization Man was published, Whyte watched with horrified...