The automobile enabled creation of multi-million-person urban areas spread thinly over vast regional areas — and shaped the character of the 20th century American city.
American Planning History
The late professor and noted planning historian Laurence Gerckens, FAICP, prepared a number of fascinating articles for the Planning Commissioners Journal on various aspects of how planning decisions have shaped American cities. Capping off Gerckens’ contributions was his highly information Planning ABC’s — an alphabetic overview and historical perspective on 26 key planning-related topics.
Planning historian Larry Gerckens takes a closer look at what he considers the ten most significant “failures” that shaped the development of America’s cities in the 20th century.
Planning historian Larry Gerckens takes a closer look at what he considers the ten most significant “successes” that shaped the development of America’s cities in the 20th century.
Noted planning historian Laurence Gerckens takes a look back at those major events that most shaped the 20th century American city.
Long-time planner and teacher (the late) Perry Norton takes a look at the origins of the role of the professional planner.
Planning historian Larry Gerckens takes a look back at the origins of single-family-only zoning, and why its key premise of fostering good citizenship through home ownership is unsound.
Planning historian Larry Gerckens takes a look at how the citizens of Cincinnati made planning history ninety years ago.
Most zoning ordinances segregate residential, commercial, and industrial zones. Planning historian Larry Gerckens tells how this came to be.
Historian Larry Gerckens traces the evolution of greenway and parkway systems, and their role in softening the edges of the urban environment.
Historian Larry Gerckens explains how city plan commissions were formed in response to the “City Beautiful Movement” and turn-of-the-century America’s belief in the value of improving the quality of the physical environment.