Counterfactual city planning, missed opportunities, and a floating stadium
The history of any city, a conglomeration of decades of developments and design trends, contains numerous false starts. Buildings that weren’t finished, plans that never materialized, neighborhood shifts that never came to be: possibilities are apparent on every city block and every downtown. Even the most well-planned cities grow through complex, organic, and unpredictable evolution, shifting with the booms and busts of the economy, meaning the well-meaning proposals of planners and architects, can often get lost amid larger trends.
The unique, often frustrating, path of city development makes the counterfactuals of urban history so exciting. How would a single project, park, or city plan have altered the shape of your favorite city? Would monorails have changed Los Angeles, or could a mile-high skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright alter the Chicago skyline? Dozens upon dozens of examples exist; Curbed picked a few of the intriguing, infuriating, even entertaining what-ifs to profile below.
Read the Full Story HERE >>>> Source: Unrealized City Plans: 9 What-Ifs That Would Have Changed U.S. Cities – Curbed