This book complements Technics and Civilization, in the fact that it applies to cities and districts the theories and ideals of the earlier book. The spotlight on regional planning and city housing gives particular emphasis to The Culture of Cities, in its practical application. Mumford finds the disintegrating forces of civilization at their peak in our cities; he analyzes the evils, -- speculative building, the will-to-profit, etc. -- and he points the way out. As a background he traces their growth from medieval days; and he approaches the possibilities of creating form and order and design in our modern cities. He deals with regional planning as well as city planning, pleading for land becoming again the common property of the community. A challenging book.