A reader forwards us an entry in Strange Maps that provides a glimpse into the combined social engineering and regimentation ambitions of early urban planning (click image for larger view).
From the description in Strange Maps:
The map was drawn up by Sir Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928), the father of the garden city movement. Howard believed the living conditions of the poor, huddled masses cramped together in giant, insalubrious cities could be improved by combining the best aspects of town and country and carefully allocating space to housing, industry and agriculture.If the motivations seem familiar to those of contemporary planning, so do the unintended results. Otherwise, the grandeurs of symmetry seem to have been tempered by experience, but Londoners at least will recognize the regulated concentration of social services … even if we've come up with nicer names than "Insane Asylum," "Home for Inebriates," "Homes for Waifs," and the "Epileptic Farms."
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, August 20, 2008