New Towns Development

Wyndham Thomas

As an English observer of the American urban scene, I welcome the appearance of a symposium concerning the problems of new towns development. The symposium properly draws on both the English and French experiences to indicate problems which must be resolved in an effective American new towns program. Although the legal and administrative structure for the building of these new communities is treated elsewhere in this symposium, a brief discussion of the history and nature of the English new towns movement can serve as an introduction to the articles that follow.