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Why Urban History Matters

By Charles R. Wolfe

Going forward, let’s not discount the influence of history’s recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

So many discussions about cities today look only forward, without fully considering the past. We presume ways of life that must change for the better: Greener, more inclusive and shareable; global in orientation; away from land use regulations that favor separation of uses, and towards healthier, less auto-dependent realms.

I do not believe for a moment that urban change is so simple. Without a longer view, we risk undervaluing lessons learned long ago.

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Source: Huffington Post Green