Unformatted text preview: By the middle of the last century, public opinion and city planning ideals shifted away from Moses’ car-oriented vision. “Decentrists”— term that Jacobs discusses in the Introduction, defined as a group of urban planners who focused on the region, rather than strictly on the urban as the area to be addressed. Jacobs writes that the Decentrists said that “The street is bad as an environment for humans; houses should be turned away from it and faced inward, toward sheltered greens. Frequent streets are wasteful, of advantage only to real estate speculators who measure value by the block….Commerce should be segregated from residences and greens….The presence of many other people is, at best, a necessary evil, and good city planning must aim for at least an illusion of isolation and suburbany privacy.”(20) Much of Jacobs’ text is a reaction against these tenets....
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- Fall '09
- Urban decay, Robert Moses, Great American Cities