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Chapter 9: Fixing Places and People: How Policy Makers, Planners, and Social Reformers Try to Make Cities Better

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Fixing Places and People: How Policy Makers, Planners, and Social Reformers Try to Make Cities Better
Fixing places and people: How policy makers, planners, and social reformers try to make cities better

Cities are the single biggest things human beings build that actually work. At the same time, cities and the larger metropolitan areas of which they are part have many pieces that don't fit together comfortably or operate at peak efficiency. On top of that, the people who live and work there don't always get along very well.

This situation isn't peculiar to urban areas in the United States. Nor is it new. It arises whenever and wherever large numbers of different kinds of people settle in compact communities. Some of the problems, perhaps the ...

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