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More than any other plan the Satellite T o w n depends on belts of green, for the green must hem i n not only the industrial center b u t also town from town, to protect the urban unity of each; and finally i t must protect even the unity of the countryside^ A satellite t o w n , then, is a true city economically dependent on a center and therefore on its highway, but laid out as i f integral and self-sufficient. The ideal of the layout is taken directly f r o m the squares and crescents of Christopher W r e n and the Brothers A d a m .

But the culture-townsman has raised his alienation to the level of a principle. W h a t reintegration does he offer? The culture-townsman declares that we must distinguish ends and means, where industry is the means but town life is the end. Trained i n his t o w n to know what he is about, the young man can then t u r n to the proper ordering of society. I n America this was fairly explicitly the program of Robert Hutchins. The only bother is that one cannot distinguish ends and means i n this w a y and the attempt to do so emasculates the ends.

He is concerned to pre¬ serve the aboriginal woods as the vivifier of city life. ) Satellite towns are thought of as having a population of 100,000, where even Letchworth w i t h its mills has less than 20,000. The complete social life of the Garden City is not a cultural life at all, for h i g h culture is a defining property of cities. ) More than any other plan the Satellite T o w n depends on belts of green, for the green must hem i n not only the industrial center b u t also town from town, to protect the urban unity of each; and finally i t must protect even the unity of the countryside^ A satellite t o w n , then, is a true city economically dependent on a center and therefore on its highway, but laid out as i f integral and self-sufficient.

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