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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)


Page 310


     GROWTH OF THE GARDEN CITY MOVEMENT
ing through the streets at twilight it is a distinct comfort to anyone
interested in social betterment to pass a group of cottages and see
the men, who have come home from their day's work, sociably en-
gaged in weeding or hoeing and calling bits of chaff or gossip to one
another across the low hedges which divide their gardens, while the
women sit with their sewing in the doorways and the children play
on the green that is common to all. This is no fancy picture; it may
be seen anywhere at any time when the weather is warm enough in
Hampstead Garden Suburb, and the best of it is that it may also be
seen in the similar villages which are growing up in a dozen differ-
ent places throughout England. We who are interested in civic
improvement in America would do well to add to our plans for mag-
nificent parkways, costly boulevards and great city extensions some con-
sideration of the significance of this garden village movement and what it
would mean if it were introduced and put on an effective working basis
in this country. With all our energy, England has shot far ahead
of us in this matter and from this time forward THE CRAFTSMAN
means to do all within its power to keep its readers alive to what
might be done here if we could only manage to set aside the real
estate speculator and all his fellows, and try the experiment of de-
veloping some of the open land near our own great cities along the
lines pursued so successfully by the promoters of the English garden
village.
X Ud_          -    11
GREAT WALL THAT     MARKS THE BOUNDARY
BETWEEN THE VILLAGE AND HAMPSTEAD HEATH.
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