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William H. Whyte on Urban Expansion

Map of Moscow from 1818. Source: Старые карты Москвы (via Eto Mesto)

"A metropolitan area can take care of a great many more people by only a very slight expansion of its radius. ... if there is to be any hope of having open space in the future, there is going to have to be a more efficient pattern of building. The mathematics is inexorable. The only way to house more people is either to expand the present pattern of sprawl and cover vastly more land, or, alternatively, to use less land and increase the carrying capacity of it. The latter is by far the best approach ..."

William H. Whyte, "The Last Landscape" (pp. 6 and 200), 1968

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