|Title:||Metropolitan Processes: An Overview
|Author(s):||Ennis, Philip H.
|Subject(s):||Libraries and metropolitan areas
|Abstract:||In this brief review of some of the major social developments
in the metropolis, two important difficulties should be noted at the
outset. First, the subject is so vast and has been studied by so many
different kinds of specialists that there is little standardization of
concepts and generalizations. I can give, therefore, only a partial
view of the scene, indicating the variety of approaches to metropolitan
Second, even if we were able to assimilate all the perspectives,
the implications for policy planning are far from clear. There are
too many contingencies open; there are too many voices demanding
their own solutions. The situation is too fluid and too diverse. Indeed,
a major conclusion I have come to concerning the future of the
metropolis is that each situation is different; the diversity of history
and the present variety of population, social organization and economic
base is so great that generalizations as to social processes in the
metropolitan areas have to be at such a level of abstraction that they
are likely to be of little help in concrete planning. They can provide
at best a general orientation for policy planning. At worst, such
generalizations floating above everyday practice can become a screen
for mindless, short-termed expediency. Later in this paper I will
discuss, as one of the metropolitan processes, some related problems
of decision-making in the planning field.
|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: 20-39.
|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