Basic Contemporary Urban Problems

by Felipe U. Derteano, (F.ASCE), Civil Engineer; Illinois Division of Highway, Springfield, IL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 2, Pg. 133-145

Document Type: Journal Paper


Urban developments have reached a state that calls for all enlightened persons to take a view, not as passive members of a society that evolves without their participation, but as interested parties to the actual evolution. What is being observed in the political field had even more significant meanings in the social structure that man has created to lodge his culture. Society is changing, and when this occurs with the intervention of governments at different levels, it is time to see that fate, as never before in history, is in the people's hands. Governments are acting; but unless they be better-guided, may end in some complicated and inefficient bureaucratic scheme. Conversely, without aims, society will wind up the target of huge corporations bent only on making large profits in new ventures with government financing. Yet, people must intelligently surrender a misguided individualism and look for more social cohesion, if society is to remain as is.

Subject Headings: Government | Urban areas | Social factors | Urban development | Political factors | History | Wind engineering | Corporations

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