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Community ArchitectThe Life and Vision of Clarence S. Stein$
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Kristin E. Larsen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702464

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702464.001.0001

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The Regional City and Town Planning

The Regional City and Town Planning

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Community Architect

Kristin E. Larsen

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Clarence Samuel Stein's postwar concept of the Regional City as well as the maturation of his town planning ideas. Stein and his colleagues began to regularly use the term Regional City in 1927. Their early conception envisioned an amalgam of the romanticized medieval village with connections to the land combined with all the conveniences offered through new technologies to enhance modern lifestyles in distinctive, relatively small towns. Stein, together with MacKaye and Mumford, advocated for regional, even national, planning based on the ideas the Regional Planning Association of America (RPAA) had already promoted, including regional river basin planning, the townless highways, and state planning. This chapter considers Stein's postwar advocacy of communitarian regionalism and the rebirth of the RPAA as the Regional Development Council of America (RDCA). It also examines how Stein applied his collaborative regionalist and town planning ideals in a concrete project at Kitimat in Canada.

Keywords:   town planning, Clarence Samuel Stein, Regional City, Regional Planning Association of America, river basin planning, townless highways, state planning, communitarian regionalism, Regional Development Council of America, Kitimat

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