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Contents Part I: the Birth of the Modern City Part I of this document is a study of the first century of modern city planning, using Pasadena, California as a case study. Among the first cities to come of age at the dawn of the 20th Century, Pasadena had more cars per capita by 1915 than anywhere in the world. This is the story of the modern city, its rise, fall and resurrection. PREFACE........................................................................................................................................................11 INTRODUCTION..........................................................................................................................................12 “MY CITY” 1916: THE HOME-MADE CITY-PLANNING EXHIBIT..................................................27 27

The Rise of the City Beautiful Movement.................................................................................28 City of Gardens..........................................................................................................................30 Progressive Republican City......................................................................................................31 The Four Corners Competition and Paul Williams First Place Entry........................................33 “What Happened in Pasadena: The Story of a Municipal Triumph”.........................................34 Hand-Made City: The Arts & Crafts Movement........................................................................36 Home-Made City Planning: The “My City” Exhibit of 1916....................................................38 “How to Get Started in City Planning: The Pasadena Way” by Dean Damon, 1916................44 “My City” is “the Very Heart of the City’s Design”..................................................................45 “The Jubilee Year Passes to Greater Opportunities” by Dean Damon, 1924.............................48 Pasadena’s Civic Center Masterplan..........................................................................................50

MAIN STREET: THE PASADENA CASE-STUDY....................................................................................53 53 Colorado St

The Last Main Street Before Los Angeles.................................................................................55 Main Street in Decline...............................................................................................................58 Experiment 1: Redevelopment and the Story of the Plaza Pasadena Mall................................60 Experiment 2: The Revitalization of Old Pasadena...................................................................64 The Results of the Two Experiments.........................................................................................70

TODAY: CITY PLANNING IN THE PRESENT........................................................................................77 77

A Hybrid Model: The Early Visioning and Later Logistical Stages of Planning.......................78 Important Topics of Planning: Parts and Pieces.........................................................................81 People in the Planning Process Today.......................................................................................82 The General Plan and 710 Freeway Environmental Impact Report..........................................83

THE PROFESSION OF PLANNING TURNS 100: LESSONS LEARNED............................................87 87

A Century of Modern Planning: The Centennial of the Profession of Planning.......................88 Turning Vision into Results: Lessons of Momentum.................................................................91 Lessons of Form and Process.....................................................................................................96 Creating a Stronger Link Between Vision and Outcome...........................................................99 Contents continue on the following page

The Arroyo Seco Parkway (the Pasadena Fwy & the 110) Planning began in 1912 as a vision for a greenbelt park system. By the time it was constructed in 1939, the plan had shifted to the West’s first freeway. In 2010, the original name of 1912 was reinstated.

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PROJECTS

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PLANITORIUM

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"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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