c.1925: “How you may live and travel in the city of 1950″ Chris March 12, 2012 1920-1929, Science & technology 10 CommentsFavourited 1136 times Add to favourites 10 Responses Matt March 12, 2012 He wasn’t a million miles away! You only have to look at today’s prefab apartments in most major cities to see this kind of close-knit living communities. He had the right idea putting the housing above the workplace, though. Would have cut down on a LOT of congestion. Reply Ella March 1, 2014 Yeah i liked that idea too but my only potential beef with it is that people do tend to move from job to job, especially if they work contract or freelance. So either these people would have to end up commuting eventually anyway or they would end up having to move frequently. Which nobody wants to do. Reply Hayley Flynn March 12, 2012 Some cities started to put these plans into action, on a small scale, with pedestrian levels above the main road level. In Manchester, UK, you can still see the remnants of old walkways protuding from buildings. http://theskyliner.org/post/9710353751/upper-walkways-of-oxford-road Reply Scott March 12, 2012 Shows that biking was a low priority, even then Reply Hayley Flynn March 12, 2012 Actually, Scott, they seem to be resurrecting the plans or at least trying to but this time solely for a bike lane. I don’t know why people keep thinking it’s a good idea to have above level access with no policing! So many horror stories from the past about this kind of stuff going wrong, the Crescents in Hulme and of course…Trellick Tower in London. Reply Vlad March 12, 2012 Well, this could be real in 1950 if there were no wars. But always, some scientist is discovering something, military and politics take it for bad things. Reply Ella March 1, 2014 Uh… so war was a huge reason the depression ended. In North America, war creates jobs. The downside is that ok, less time is spent on city planning. But there was a reason that the 40s and 50s were so economically profitable. Reply Stephanie March 23, 2012 This reminds me of Walt Disney’s original plans for EPCOT. Reply Miles November 13, 2012 In all honesty it’s not really all that far-fetched. The only real issue is that they didn’t consider that people would just build on and around old infrastructure rather than wholly replacing it as they would have to in order to create this scene. Well, that and the fact almost nobody besides Goodyear would be using zeppelins by 1950. Reply Ella March 1, 2014 That’s the thing that I think a lot of architects fail to take into account, even today. We humans are not in the habit of rebuilding. We prefer to renovate. Still, I’d really like to see streets designed this way and I can’t for the life of me figure out why we haven’t at least made an attempt. In my city, we’re sitting on solid bedrock so that poses an enormous difficulty. But other cities are made for this construction and it saves so much space. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.