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VIdeo Interlude: Wright on Cities

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Frank Lloyd Wright's attitude toward cities and urban density is well known. He loathed the densest of places for their traffic congestion, pollution, and stifling competition. Wright scorned the skyscraper (despite designing what would've been the tallest of them all) and felt decentralization was inevitable not just because of new mobility and bigger suburban homes, but because the "best people" want out of hellholes like New York. Regrettable choice of language, but a somewhat valid assessment of sprawl nonetheless. Mark Byrnes of The Atlantic Cities found an old TV clip of Wright coming down hard on cities, which he uses to help rationalize America's enduring obsession with the architect. Worth checking out. [Atlantic Cities, photo: Wikipedia Commons]