Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What Would Jefferson Say About Sprawl?

"But how is a taste in this beautiful art to be formed in our countrymen, unless we avail ourselves of every occasion when public buildings are to be erected, of presenting to them models for their study and imitation? . . . . the comfort of laying out the public money for something honourable, the satisfaction of seeing an object and proof of national good taste, and the regret and mortification of erecting a monument of our barbarism which will be loaded with execrations as long as it shall endure. . . . You see I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts. But it is an enthusiasm of which I am not ashamed, as its object is to improve the taste of my countrymen, to increase their reputation, to reconcile them to the rest of the world, and procure them its praise."
Thomas Jefferson, 1785
Photo courtesy of wallyg


Chrissy Padilla said...

Have you seen the youtube video about Sprawl. It's connected to the Congress of New Urbanism (I think?).

Mark Baker said...