Harland Bartholomew was a transportation planner about 90 years ago or so. He’s blamed by many for the auto-centric planning in many cities. Certainly, he was commissioned to do “major street plans” for many cities, Oakland, Vancouver, Rochester, N.Y., and Los Angeles, among them, but it could be that he was just responding to demand. After all, look at this:
No one saw this slowing down (it did … eventually) so it was not an irrational decision to plan for more automobiles and their motorized friends.
But I don’t care: I like the art!
There is actually a good paper about this – see below. This is where I first saw the drawings. You can find the paper if you google around but this link should work if you are .edu.
Jeffrey R. Brown, Eric A. Morris, Brian D. Taylor
Journal of the American Planning Association
Vol. 75, Iss. 2, 2009