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Program 15: The New City/Planned Order and Messy Vitality
Donald L. Miller
Miller: The end of the 19th century. American cities come of age.
The reigning question of the time was, can these cities be controlled? Are
they growing in such a way that they're creating problems that will bring down
Chicago, rising triumphant from the ashes of the Great Fire, the city of the
I mean, they are, what I said before, great opportunity centers. But within
the cities, there's this churning, constant social process that no one knows
how to control. These are places of tremendous creativity, and tremendous
volatility. And I think they represent what the 19th century was all about as
a time of crisis, but also opportunity.
Today, on A Biography of America, "The New City."