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The craftsman
Vol. XVII, Number 3 (December 1909)

Stickley, Gustav
Rapid growth of the garden city movement, which promises to reorganize social conditions all over the world,   pp. 296-310 PDF (5.4 MB)


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RAPID GROWTH OF THE GARDEN CITY
MOVEMENT, WHICH PROMISES TO RE-
ORGANIZE SOCIAL CONDITIONS ALL OVER
THE WORLD: BY THE EDITOR
   "Long-continued effort, in spite of failure and defeat, is the forerunner
of complete
success. He who wishes to achieve success may turn past defeat into future
victory by
observing one condition. He must profit by past experiences and aim at retaining
all
the strong points without the weaknesses of former efforts."-- Ebenezer
Howard in
"Garden Cities of Tomorrow."
HE surest test of the ultimate practicability of an ideal
is'pthe vitality with which it persists in the face of
defeat, discouragement and the apparently insur-
mountable barriers of settled adverse conditions.
Especially is this true with reference to every advance
we have made in the lone and slow process of evolving
              our modern civilization, and never more true than it
is today, when, unless all signs fail, we stand at the threshold of a
complete and orderly reorganization of the entire fabric of present-
day social and industrial conditions.
    The change which bids fair to take place within the lifetime of
the generation now growing up will be due to no sudden conversion
or violent upheaval, Lut to causes which, under all the surface unrest,
agitation and discontent, have been shaping quietly during the past
century. The perpetual need for reform and the spirit which seeks
it ardently, if not always wisely, is one of the essential elements of
civilization; it is the little leaven which leaveneth the whole lump,
and when it perishes the social order perishes with it. Therefore,
a period of widespread restlessness and discontent with existing con-
ditions is always a period big with promise of a coming change, the
evidences of which usually exist for a long time before they receive
any general recognition.
    We do not need to be reminded that the dream of the world for
ages has been the ideal city of the future-a community which will
unite with the fullest civic life and opportunity, the freedom and
healthfulness of the country, and in which the citizens, merely because
of their citizenship, will be entitled to share in all the benefits of the
commonwealth. In this ideal community, as it has been outlined
for us over and over again, the very failings of human nature,-the
self-seeking and combativeness which are the life blood of individual-
ism,-will be transmuted by the new conditions of life into recogni-
tion of, and striving for, the wider good which includes the whole
community; class antagonism will be replaced by mutual understand-
ing and good will, and all alike will have the opportunity to live,
work an d enjoy.
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