1808 - 1908 - 2008: National Planning for America


A new paper by Robert Fishman of University of Michigan reveals a lesser-know side of American history: the role that national planning has played in shaping America's development. This paper was commissioned by Regional Plan Association for the Rockefeller Urban Summit, which this summer will host a team of planners, public officials and busness leaders to shape a framework for growth in America in the 21st Century.

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Left: President Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, aboard the U.S.S. Mississippi on an historic 1907 cruise down the lower Mississippi by the Inland Waterways Commission. Source: Library of Congress Conservation Collection.