How to Change the Paradigm


Lewis Mumford

Lewis Mumford, whose life spanned the twentieth century, was a renowned writer, philosopher and urban planner.

In 1958, he wrote an essay, entitled The Highway and the City. It remains surprisingly relevant today.

Here's the first paragraph:

When the American people, through their Congress, voted last year for a twenty-six-billion-dollar highway program, the most charitable thing to assume about this action is that they hadn't the faintest notion of what they were doing. Within the next fifteen years they will doubtless find out; but by that time it will be too late to correct all the damage to our cities and our countryside, to say nothing of the efficient organization of industry and transportation, that this ill-conceived and absurdly unbalanced program will have wrought.

To read the entire nine-page essay, click on this link.