Nation: THE CITY: STARTING FROM SCRATCH

BY the end of this century the population of the U.S. will swell by 100 million people. Most of them will crowd into the nation's urban areas, which already house 70% of all Americans on a minuscule 10% of the land. The implications of such an enormous spurt, in terms of urban sprawl, congestion and the very quality of life are obvious—and appalling.

To an increasing number of urbanologists, a partial solution is to start from scratch, wherever possible, by building "new towns"—completely planned communities that could support as many as 1,000,000 people...

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