JOHN W. GARDNER
Let me begin by suggesting the direction that is being taken by the most modern thinking on the future patterns of human settlement.
Within the past 20 years the urge on the part of large numbers of people to pile into the cities has become wholly anachronistic.
For 10 thousand years people had excellent reasons to crowd themselves into urban centers. The massing of people and resources in one place served useful purposes. The diversity of human interaction provided a stimulus that could not be found elsewhere. Thus, from earliest days the cities were creative centers. Diverse cultural strains from
GARDNER JW. The Urban Coalition. Ann Intern Med. ;71:647–652. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-3-647
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(3):647-652.
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