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Title:Problems Of Planning In The Metropolitan Environment
Author(s):Rockwell, Matthew L.
Subject(s):Libraries and metropolitan areas
Abstract:We have been asked to consider the problems of planning in the metropolitan environment. If we were to confine our remarks merely to those problems with which the planner must wrestle, then perhaps our task could be made simpler even though the list would be long. Obviously planners must consider in varying degrees the multitude of difficulties facing people who live in the metropolitan government. Merely to enumerate the areas of concern is not to provide the formula by which we hope to effect the solution. It is easy to point out the number one problem we face in planning for the metropolis. It is, simply, PEOPLE. (Or at least, that there are more and more of them). The most important ingredient in any metropolitan environment is, of course, its people. This is why these areas came to be. And people are the reason we have problems to solve. To provide a better environment in which future generations will live and in which they will freely and fully develop their talents is the goal of all those working to improve society. If we review the important role of urbanized society over the centuries and look at the accomplishments of the people who have been affected by the environment of the metropolis, we see one aspect of our problem. When we recognize that more and more of the world's population is gathered into urbanized clusters we see another facet of the task before us. With over two-thirds of the population of the United States in cities or in metropolitan areas, the importance of these regions is clearly visible. While there may be concern for the future in any area facing considerable population gains, there are perhaps louder groans in areas with a static or shrinking population. It isn't growing. Something is wrong. People are leaving.
Issue Date:1965
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In H.Goldstein, ed. 1965. The changing environment for library services in the metropolitan area; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 31-November 3, 1965. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 40-45.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (12th : 1965)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1965.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-16

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