O N C L U S I O N
On October 26, 1963, President
John F. Kennedy, speaking at a time when the challenges our urban areas
face today could hardly have been imagined, set a goal that remains valid:
"I look forward to an
America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect
the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old
American houses, and squares, and parks of our national past, and which
will build handsome and balanced cities for our future."
James Kunstler made a compelling
case for the work to be done when he stated: "Cities are the
indispensable dwelling places of civilization. Urban sprawl is bankrupting
us socially, economically and ecologically, and is culturally
self-destructive." The time to act is rapidly passing us by.