MacKaye, Benton

MacKaye, Benton

(məkī`), 1879–1975, American forester and regional planner, b. Stamford, Conn., grad. Harvard (B.A., 1900; M.A. School of Forestry, 1905); son of Steele MacKaye. He was a research forester of the U.S. Forest Service; he planned and helped in the construction of the Appalachian Trail (1921) and served on the regional planning staff of the Tennessee Valley Authority (1934–36) and on the staff of the Rural Electrification Administration (1942–45). MacKaye's philosophy of regional planning is given in The New Exploration (1928).
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Mackaye, Benton

(1879–1975) regional planner; born in Stamford, Conn. A graduate of Harvard, where he studied geography, he joined the Forestry Service (1905–17). In 1921 he published his proposal for the Appalachian walking trail from Georgia to Maine. A founder of the Regional Planning Association of America, 1923, he did studies for planning commissions (1925–45) including the Tennessee Valley Authority. His farsighted plans to reduce urban congestion and pollution unfortunately were not put into effect.
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