The American City
Many people see U.S. cities as a radical departure in the history of town planning because of the planned, geometrical division of land present throughout the country. However, other cities of the world also began as planned towns with geometric layouts, so U.S. cities are not completely unique in the evolution of urban planning. Why did the regular grid come to pervasively characterize U.S. urbanism? How are U.S. cities actually different from international peers? How did the history of urban design produce specific decisions? "The American City" answers these questions and many more by exploring the urban morphology of U.S. cities. In some ways, U.S. cities are unique including a strong historical preference for geometric regularity in town planning, which endures to this day. However, in more important ways, U.S. cities are still subject to the same processes linking street networks and human use found in all cities of the world. Most courses in this track are approved for AICP CM credit.
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