Towns That Changed America

Here are ten American towns whose design (or redesign) changed lives through architecture and urban planning. "10 That Changed America" airs tonight on @PBS at 8/7c -
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    Levittown, NY
    Built between 1947 and 1951 by Abraham Levitt and his sons on a former Long Island potato field, Levittown afforded inexpensive homes to returning GIs and their young families. (Photo Credit: Jon Smith)
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    Philadelphia, PA
    Founded by Quaker William Penn as a pacifist outpost, Penn’s plan for Philadelphia was a spacious grid that called for wide streets and enormous residential lots. (Photo Credit: Steve Boyle)
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    Salt Lake City, UT
    Built by Brigham Young using Joseph Smith’s “Plat of the City of Zion,” Salt Lake City combined smart urban planning with a spiritual mission designed to create a city dedicated to God. (Photo Credit: Alvaro Aguayo)
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    St. Augustine, FL
    St. Augustine, Florida is America’s oldest colonial town and the first planned town in America. (Photo Credit: Barry Rabinowitz)
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    Pearl District, OR
    In Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District, the new and old exist side by side in a community built around public transportation. (Photo Credit: James Clark)
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    Riverside, IL
    Best known as the designer of New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted was the mastermind behind Riverside, one of America’s first planned suburbs. (Photo Credit: Bill Richert)
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    Southwest Washington DC
    Southwest Washington is one of the earliest examples of a government “slum clearing,” “urban renewal” program that levelled an established African American community and replaced it with more expensive high rises. (Photo Credit: Santos Ramos)
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    Seaside, FL
    A resort town that offers a vision of the future that looks a lot like the past, Seaside was designed by architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in a style known as New Urbanism. (Photo Credit: Michael Smith)
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    Pullman, IL
    In 1879, railroad car tycoon George Pullman started building a new factory town south of Chicago that would be a worker’s utopia – or so he thought. (Photo Credit: Bill Richert)
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    Greenbelt, MD
    Greenbelt in Maryland was created to be the antidote to the slum-laden cities of the Depression, would serve as a model for American suburbs for years to come. (Photo Credit: Santos Ramos)