City Beautiful movement


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City Beautiful movement

A movement in the US, principally from about 1890 to the 1920s, which advocated the beautification of cities.
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Denver Mayor Robert Speer, elected in 1904, was an enthusiastic supporter of the City Beautiful movement, and he became the driving force behind the creation of Civic Center and other areas identified for Denver's City Beautiful master plan.
Recalling the City Beautiful movement that flourished in the 1890s, Reilly argues we need a new movement--the City Sustainable--for communities that are green, smart and fair.
He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world, directed the construction of the 1893 World's Columbia Exposition that helped inspire the City Beautiful Movement and created urban plans for Washington DC, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco and Manila all before the profession of comprehensive urban planning existed.
This plan, New York's most dramatic and successful example of the so-called City Beautiful movement of the early 20th century, was conceived as a ravishing classical vision.
Both the depot and the park were part of the City Beautiful movement of the early 20th century, when cities across the United States improved their communities by creating inviting urban environments as a way to attract more businesses and full-time residents, Donovan said.
In attempting to create a national narrative synthesized from local and trade sources, Isenberg claims "this national scope derives from the nature of Main Street investment," characterized by locally, regionally, and nationally shared strategies, from the City Beautiful movement to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street initiative.
Led by male urban planners but sustained by women's groups, in the late 19th century a City Beautiful movement swept across the US.
Clausen begins her tale with the heyday of Cornelius Vanderbilt's New York Central railroad, which by the early twentieth century had consolidated its power in the new Grand Central Terminal, described by the author as an "extraordinary synthesis of a complex, dynamic, futuristic transportation hub, a stately, monumental Beaux-Arts building, and lofty City Beautiful Movement civic ideals.
The last of these plans, in particular, was a catalyst in the rise of the City Beautiful Movement and, more generally, in the emergence of comprehensive city planning.
Louis Louisiana Purchase Exhibition celebrated the triumph of late nineteenth century Beaux Arts and Baroque, and laid the foundations of the City Beautiful Movement.
In the early part of this century, the City Beautiful Movement led cities to invest in public places that support civic life.