A Collection of Films Discussing Urban Sprawl in
and the Planning and Development Steps to Improve City Life
It has been with us ever since the first group of people decided
to live close to each other. And in spite of tons of government
initiatives, the problem still exists today. This collection of
films examines urban sprawl and proposed solutions in the mid 20th
century in the United States.
This collection runs 2 huors 5 minutes and includes the following
1) Community Growth: Crisis and Challenge (ca. 1959) This informative
film was addressed to home builders and discussed the problem of
urban sprawl and what they as builders could do to mitigate these
issues with more land friendly development.
2) The Dynamic American City (ca. 1956) - Discusses urban renewal
and redevelopment as a way to contain sprawl and reclaim that which
is old and worn out and make it new and vibrant again in the urban
3) The City (1939) - A plea by the Regional Planning Association
of America's to reduce urban sprawl and embrace more sound planning.
4) Cities: How They Grow - This Encyclopedia Brittanica film gives
a detailed overview of how cities grow and the problems they experience
during their life.
5) The Changing City - This film focuses on the problems caused
by urban sprawl and the dangers they cause to a city.
6) No Time for Ugliness (1965) - Shows the ugliness of city approaches
filled with billboards and neon signs and other unsightly displays
and suggests that the citizens of the city can demand that their
councils take action to remove this blight.
Here are some sample clips from the DVD