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Prelinger Archives

The Dynamic American City. (Part I) (c. 1956)

Streaming Video - 2010
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This Prelinger Archives film advocates urban redevelopment and renewal, 1950s-style. Beginning with an extended conversation between business and city-planning experts, the film supports strategies which are often criticized today, such as auto-centric planning and construction and the encouragement of suburban sprawl. However, as a socio-historical document, the film is a valuable look at the trends that created much of today's American suburban landscape. Topics include pre-automobile reasons for urban density and narrow-lot residences as well as the creation of suburban office complexes and shopping centers, relatively new ideas in the mid-1950s.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1956
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (14 min.) :,sd., col

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