The Public Interest

The unplanned paths of planning schools

William Alonso

Winter 1986

IT IS STRANGE that city planning should have come into being as a profession during the presidencies of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. This was the zenith of freemarket capitalism, after all. How could any form of planning emerge at this time in particular—and with the warm support of an establishment suspicious of anything that smacked of “socialism”?

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