The City Beautiful Movement_Essay

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The City Beautiful Movement: Reform vs Reality Figure 1 Washington D.C. during the City Beautiful Movement The Promise and Pitfalls of Contemporary Urban Planning Professor Arturo Ignacio Sanchez 10/27/2008
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CRP 200 26 October 2008 Essay #2 During the 1890s-1900s the Industrial Revolution as well as urbanization caused corruption in local governments, the exploitation of labor classes by big businesses, poor living conditions, immigrant discrimination, poverty, crime, and violence in American cities. This urban unrest led to the City Beautiful Movement. This was -in part- a Progressive reform movement as well as a proposed solution to the contemporary social upheaval faced by the “American city.” In order to reveal these problems to upper-class Americans, journalists such as Jacob Riis for example, brought to light the reality of tenement living in New York City. Consequently, City Beautiful advocates such as Daniel Burnham, suggested a reform “of the landscape [would thus] complement the burgeoning reforms in other areas of society” (Virginia, 2). Therefore, striving for beautification and monumental grandeur within cities would encourage civic and moral virtue amongst inner-city residents. Essentially it would fix what Riis was identifying as unacceptable. The City Beautiful Movement undoubtedly had a profound effect on the rise of planning as a profession; however, it neglected political and economical influences which also shape urban sociology. The City Beautiful advocates generally believed that improving the physical aesthetics of the city would have a number of positive outcomes. First they believed that the social ailing of the city would diminish while inspiring moral decency and social control in the impoverished. Secondly, the economic vitality would be restored within the inner-city; ultimately assisting the
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This essay was uploaded on 02/19/2009 for the course CRP 2000 taught by Professor Arturosanchez during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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