MAN IN METROPOLIS by Louis B. Schlivek


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The subtitle here is ""A Descriptive Book about the People and Prospects of a Metropolitan Region."" The author lives in suburban New Jersey but considers himself a part of the immediate urban situation with its slums, bad transportation: architecture of nightmare and the general neurasthenics of living when there is too little cash, patience and joy. His own suburban scene comes under harsh surveillance, too, and almost every middle-class, urban-suburban reader will discover part of his life and problems extended over the blighted landscape of the entire region. It is too bad that Schlivek, despite his personal concern and Commitment to a regional scheme, never puts forth any ideas on how to implement any plan for sustained growth with maximum sanity built in. He leaves us with the prospect in the future of a place neither city nor country, a ""spread city,"" peopled with families isolated, insulated against all human contact, fighting their leaky cesspools instead of building the kind of power needed to cleanup the garbage in city halls.

Publisher: Doubleday