Environment: The Prescient Planner

"The main object and justification of [Central Park] is simply to produce a certain influence in the minds of people . . . The character of this influence is a poetic one and it is to be produced by means of scenes, through observation of which the mind may be more or less lifted out of moods and habits into which it is, under the ordinary conditions of city life, likely to fall." Frederick Law Olmsted's words on his noble design for Manhattan may ring with some irony in a New Yorker's ears today as he promenades his German shepherd past...

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