The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JULY 21, 1914. TOWN PLANNING.
A marked feature of this generation is the desire to have beautiful sur roundings, and this desire for beauty 13 showing itself particularly in the laying out of the modem city. The old quarters of ancient towns show clearly that our ancestors thought little about the appearance of the I residential portion. lb is true that in tho Middle Ages particularly most I careful work was put into the erection j of the cathedrals, so that these build-1 ings still stand as models of beauty, in architecture. Now, however, the tendency is to have a town laid out sol that the general appearance is one of symmetrical beauty. All new boroughs are carefully planned, and skilled men employed to lay them out to advantage. The movement has been more at work in the great European citigs than in the British Empire. Travellers bave remarked often on the way >in which parks are. scattered in all parts of Pari?, Vienna and Berlin, so tbafc rich and poor children aiike can eojoy ihern, In London, on tbe con trury, the bulk of the parks are in the West End, and never used by tbe poor at all. Here in New Zealand the movement has gained a great, deal of-g ound. In each town beauti fyuig oot'ijties have been at work, and th& result ha 3 been that a greater
inle:e t U taken by citizens in the genr-V ippeavanoe of , their towns. Tho T.*vn Planning Bill has been del--. <d veral'times, but the day is not : 'far' iiisitant 'when many of its ruea-n- s vill be adopted by all muni oipßirit-.*. At presbnt Mr W. R. D*v .Igr, .ud organiser'of the'town planning novement in Great Britain, ia toivi g New Zealand, and wi;h hi i Charles C. Reade, the Australian organiser, gave a free illustrated address on the subject in Christchurch last night. It is a matter in which all public men should take an interest. Apart from showing those who are interested in local body work the necessity to keep the ideal of beauty for their neigh- ' bourhood as high as possible, a lecture of this nature is a great education. Messrs Davidge and Reade have not only toured all the beautiful cities of Europe, but they bave gone through them with their eyes open for hints as to the most beautiful style of architecture and/tbe best manner of laying out streets. Included in the lantern Blides are many views of the early Egyptian and Roman timeg. Altogether town planning is a subject which the British race has neglected too long. It is said that we are a nation of skopkeepers, and we have shown our bourgeoise tendencies in the inartistic way we have laid out j our towns.