The Improvement Of Towns And Cities; Or, The Practical Basis Of Civil Aesthetics

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byCharles Mulford Robinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... SUPPRESSION AND REPRESSION AS we trace the rise of the effort toward fairer cityhood, it is clear that we cross an important line when we pass from the group of creative enterprises, in the elementary construction, to those that are repressive. In the building of bridges, in the paving, cleaning, and lighting of streets, thoughts of urban beauty are, or easily may be, incidental to other desires. In the burial of wires, in the suppression of smoke, in certain building regulations, and in the control of advertisements, civic aesthetics, if still an incidental motive, are not as obviously so. Now and again they rise to such equality with the demands of public safety, health, or comfort, as to be given even a like importance in all pleas for these improvements. We have passed from a group in which regard for municipal art is by general consent a subordinate factor, to one in which it may stand at the head of the column. Of these various restrictive measures, the burial of wires is perhaps done least obviously with the aesthetic intent. And yet, clear as is the menace of their web in case of fire, or the danger of electric shock as long as " live" wires are where an accident may toss them to the street, these real perils are referred to no more commonly than is the detraction of their mesh to city beauty. The problem is one that has arisen lately with the electric light and fire alarm, the telegraph, telephone, and trolley, and it is highly to the credit of builders of cities that the first rush to overhead construction was checked as promptly as it was. The municipality, in the old world or the new, that does not own a subway in at least its business section, or insist upon subway construction as a condition to the private corporation's franchise, is already...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... SUPPRESSION AND REPRESSION AS we trace the rise of the effort toward fairer cityhood, it is clear that we cross an important l...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217118089

ISBN - 13:9780217118088

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