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C580
The Living City

Jeffrey Syken

Of all human creations, perhaps there is none more important and useful to human beings than cities. Satisfying our basic need/s for food and shelter, the city goes beyond that, allowing for free expression of creativity and enterprise offering opportunities that exist no where else. Thatís the bright side, but thereís a dark side too: crime, poverty and indifference to the suffering of others.

By the middle of the 20th Century, the large city had developed to such a point that it was able to accommodate millions providing all essential services for the maintenance and preservation of life. With the rise of the automobile and truck, cities had to adapt themselves to the realities of voluminous and fast moving traffic. They had to provide clean water and electricity on-demand as well as police, fire, sanitation and health services. As well, they had to provide public transportation that was inexpensive and efficient.

Like a living organism, a city pulses with the life-force of its inhabitants. It exists to serve commerce and industry and the myriad activities of the human race. But first and foremost, a city exists because people need a place to live, work and play in companionship with others. Only a city makes that possible.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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