National Affairs: REBIRTH OF THE CITIES

IN Detroit this week, an eleven-year-old dream of a beautiful and functional downtown civic center (see above) was approaching reality. On a 76-acre site along the Detroit River, the first buildings of the $100 million project, a 20-story City-County Building and a Veterans Memorial Building, were open to the public. A 2,800-seat auditorium named for Henry and Edsel Ford and a 700-car underground garage were almost finished, and a convention hall and exhibits building, seating 14.000 people, was about to be started.

Across the nation, the sound of jackhammers and heavy earth movers told of similar large-scale building projects under way in...

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