Re: Irvine as America's Brasilia?

Janie Wilkins (
Mon, 22 Nov 1999 18:47:06 -0500

An interesting tid-bit:

>In "Developing Successful New Communities" (Washington, D.C.: Urban
Land Institute, 1991), Reid Ewing identifies >58 master-planned new
towns built since 1960 in the U.S. that have sufficient area,
population, and diversity of functions >to be called such. There are
eight that merit this distinction in Texas. Nationally, the largest are
Irvine, California >(150,000), Coral Springs, Florida (75,000),
Columbia, Maryland (72,000), Mission Viejo, California (70,000), and
>Reston, >Virginia (53,000).

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As well, a snippet taken from an interesting essay on planned
communities and the current reaction to them:

>Growth gone awry can be seen anywhere in suburbia but nowhere more
clearly than in the "planned communities," >based on derivative versions
of the planning ideals embodied in Reston, Virginia, or Irvine,
California, that have >proliferated on the suburban fringes since the
1960s. Examined piece by piece, these planned communities do seem to >of
many of the things that Americans say they want: convenient workplaces,
well-managed shopping centers, and >spacious, air-conditioned houses
full of the latest appliances. But why, when they get all of this, do
Americans hate it so >much that they want to stop more of it from being

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