The rise and fall of thinking big about cities
from Route Fifty
This summer, visitors to Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are being treated to a grand, thoughtful and beautiful exhibition that explores the social-reform work of landscape architects, planners, photographers, and others active in the late 1800s and early 1900s. “Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform” (on display through September 15) recounts the story of large-scale civic improvement plans in New York, Boston and Chicago, and the dual births of the professions of urban planning and landscape architecture that emerged from these early successes.
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