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Introduction This journey is an exploration of the rise of the modern city, and two themes that weave throughout: The first is Old World, top-down rule and ideas imposed from above.

The second is bottom-up vision and the

public search for a beautiful and useful solution. One city discovered the key to an optimal balance.

Their “My City� approach and how it can be revitalized is explored in the pages that follow.

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CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRO

MY CITY 1916

MAIN ST.

TODAY

LESSONS

"My City"  

"My City" tells the story of Pasadena’s City Beautiful Movement and the century that followed, exploring how this proven approach can be rev...

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