Incorporating Culture Helps Hiles’ Plan Successful Developments

Incorporating Culture Helps Hiles’ Plan Successful Developments
Incorporating Culture Helps Hiles’ Plan Successful Developments

Marcus Hiles notes that planned communities in the United States were seen as early as 1565 in St. Augustine. Company towns like Gary, Indiana were the sites of technological innovations and economic fervor during the industrial revolution. The first modern neighborhoods appeared during the Florida land boom of the 1920s across Southern Florida, where the prominent Miami suburbs of Coral Gables, Opa-locka, and Miami Springs were fully planned with themes to emulate the feel and architecture of Spain, Arabia, and Mexico. During the Great Depression, our Federal Government constructed model towns in the states of West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin, with the goal of easing the burden of the economic downturn on the families of coal miners, construction workers. Remote neighborhoods in Oak Ridge, TN; Richland, WA, and Los Alamos, NM were developed during World War II for the Manhattan Project and the families of the scientists, engineers, and industrial workers. Today, blueprinted cities are thriving throughout the country, in such locations as Washington, D.C., and state capitals in Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Utah, Florida, and Texas.

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