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Timothy Hyde

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678105

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678105.001.0001

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Better Cities, Better Citizens

Better Cities, Better Citizens

The Political Function of Planning

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Constitutional Modernism

Timothy Hyde

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the political aspect of national planning. It provides an overview of the Patronato Pro-Urbanismo (Pro-Urban Association), a new civic organization. The Patronato initiated an appeal for a synthetic program of planning to be instituted under the authority of a national planning law. The group’s manifesto pointed out that nine of the articles of the new constitution either required or presupposed regulatory activities commensurate with the concept of planning. Through professionally diverse and influential membership, the Patronato conducted a systematic publicity campaign in support of national planning, a campaign that explicitly linked planning to civic reform. The Patronato’s prospectus aims to encourage patriotism and to produce, as a correlate to planning, a civic consciousness.

Keywords:   national planning, Patronato Pro-Urbanismo, civic organization, constitution, civic reform, patriotism, civic consciousness

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