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The thought of designing cities compatible with our system of government in American Democracy got lost in the shuffle of activities that control the damage done by Politicians who ignorantly assume the role of the architect. We have yet to build cities that assure the freedom and independence necessary to preserve the Sovereignty of the Citizen. Until we design and build cities that are compatible with our democratic system of government, we will not survive as a Nation with a government of, by and for the people...

In the 4th year of college, studying to be an architect we were made aware of the problem of City Planning - experts were saying, no one could design a city. We were simply advised to fake it in order to please the politicians who demanded it; this has become a time honored tradition that makes the law of no effect. City leaders wanted a "master plan" as required for Federal funding, regardless. Now, they are in so deep and so entangled that it is seemingly impossible to get out. I avoided getting involved simply by finding some other way to make a living yet continue seeking a solution to this problem as a matter of professional responsibility. Each week I spent three days as a temporary worker in a wide variety of tasks; the remaining three days I spent in libraries doing research.

This website is about the Cause of Architecture and the problems of City & Regional Planning. References to Scripture are purely coincidental to give credit where credit is due. The great American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright in his treatise on City Planning said Art, Science and Religion are inseparable parts of a whole. It was after 20 years of research that I found the solution to the problem of Urban Design and Planning was in two future cities described in Scripture; answers to all the problems in the Universe can be found in these great books, no matter how simple or complex - no wonder The Bible has such universal appeal. Wnat I discovered was envisioned by the Anglican Founders of our Nation from 1607 and 1620. In 1831 some adventurous young New Englanders marked a site in Missouri with two mysterious marker stones which I noticed indicated the orientation and Point of Beginning (POB) of a Nationwide Cadastral Survey. I use the six mile-wide Jeffersonian Township subdivision for architectural guidelines.

In the last 100 years the problem of City Planning in the United States has been confused and complicated by adverse European City Planning influences that are incompatible with our American system of government; the Founders of our Federal Republic in writing the United States Constitution foresaw that danger as noted in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11 : “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”… This practice, of following the example of European cities, which enables the continuous growth of one city in a region, began formally in Chicago, Illinois about 1908 with architect Daniel Burnham, a student of the European Beaux-Arts. Although architects such as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright showed us an American Architecture and, as Thomas Jefferson did, how to design a city that is compatible with American Democracy, the power of big city politics has prevailed contrary to law. But that direction can change as YHWH provides. Congress has declared the future welfare of the Nation depends on it: 42USCode Section 5301(b)(1)

Excerpts I quote from State and Federal Statutes on my Site Selection page clearly furnish a program for designing cities that are compatible with our democratic system of government and the use of public funding must be predicated on these guidelines. For instance, "new centers of population" in the interest of public health, safety and welfare prohibits the continuous growth of any one city beyond an economically and socially optimum size city of about 100,000 persons. The "orderly and systematic growth of cities" prohibits unplanned helter-skelter, haphazard urban sprawl that prevails in the traditional wasteful and destructive practices of building cities. However, in order to keep the money flowing - to the fake master plan developed by architects, under pressure from politicians - lawyers defend it so aggressively that architects now fear to admit fault or do so in vain, at their own peril. With KYMAK a smooth transition can be made and I am still hopeful of that even after so many years of struggle. We direly need a real estate developer for President who can read blueprints and knows how stupid politicians can be in such matters.

The Mo del-city shown can be adapted to any unit but would apply only to new development particularly of streets and subdivisions; old development remains as long as it is useful or desirable (also see Municipal unit and details 1, 2, 3,4,5).  Legislation prohibiting land owners from subordinating the role of Architects in the site selection process is not necessary since the KYMAK concept of a comprehensive regional master plan would only give coordinated guidelines to these land owners that would lead to orderly and systematic development required by laws already on the books. This issue can best be resolved on a National level by the power of Congress to regulate commerce among the Several States - a power generally usurped by the States; one step to recovering this power would be for Congress to adopt the KYMAK concept as the basis of current Federal funding of State and Local building projects such as for highways, and urban and community development.

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American Democracy, in its myriad personalities, in factories, work-shops, stores, offices through the dense streets and houses of cities, and all their manifold sophisticated life must either be fibred, vitalized, by regular contact with out-door light and air and growths, farm-scenes, animals, fields, trees, birds, sun-warmth and free skies, or it will certainly dwindle and pale.
Whitman

Nature and Democracy

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"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe." Thomas Jefferson, (as architect & city planner)

 

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