Winter 1943 • Vol. V No. 1 Nonfiction |

Cities’ Renaissance

"Before anything can be made, it must first be imagined." —De Stendhal. Our cities are deathly sick! Ask any mayor and he will show you how their fever curve rose as their bodies were broken in the last stage of their mechanization, when automobiles and trucks shattered them until they sank into that state we now call the "disease of decentralization" caused by the flight from the city; he will tell you something about the vicious circle of decreasing land and building values, increasing taxation, emigrating tax-payers, still lower real estate values, still higher taxes, spreading unemployment and sprawling blight; he will tell you that in the end he was forced to call upon the New Deal doctor to cure this chronic ill health by injecting millions of dollars in federal grants. But could money, be it depression-money or war-boom money, prove a remedy for our "sick" cities when their sickness would have been diagnosed by a real doctor of cities as a natural process of metamorpho

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