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A Modern Arcadia: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens

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"Bright, cheerful houses, well arranged, well trimmed lawns, hedging carefully cut . . . distinctly joyous," wrote architectural critic Herbert Croly in 1914 about the Forest Hills Gardens community in Queens, New York. The New York Tribune agreed, reporting that the place was a "modern Garden of Eden, a fairy tale too good to be true." Conceived as an experiment that woul ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 24th 2004 by University of Massachusetts Press (first published April 1st 2001)
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Michael Lewyn
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book discusses the creation of Forest Hills Gardens, a commuter-train neighborhood in Central Queens. The book discusses the neighborhood's creation, as well as what makes it special.

I was especially surprised to learn that the neighborhood was financed not by a traditional real estate developer, but by the Russell Sage Foundation, a philanthropic project. Although the Foundation hoped to make a profit, it also hoped to create a model suburban community, one prettier and more orderly than t
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