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The Compact City and the Market: The Case of Residential Development

Problems of urban development have often inspired radical and even utopian solutions. The congested towns of the late nineteenth century led Ebenezer Howard to his vision of the garden city, a hybrid form of development which set the advantages of town living in a high quality rural environment. For Frank Lloyd Wright, the advent of mass car-use meant that it was no longer necessary to concentrate activities in cities. Instead, inspired by the independent rural lifestyle of Wisconsin of the 1890s, his ideal urban form was a completely dispersed, low density urban spread-Broadacre City.