|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
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.
|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