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Can beautiful architecture inspire Americans to become good citizens?
Can beautiful architecture inspire Americans to become good citizens?

A hundred and some years ago, an aesthetic force called the City Beautiful movement professed the theory that grand public buildings, lovely civic palaces, could inspire Americans to become good citizens. It may be no coincidence that at the same time, many Americans were new immigrants, fledgling citizens, and I suspect that the inspiration had as much to do with the powerful, authoritative message in the look of the buildings as it had to do with lovely mosaics, murals, marble, glass and brass. The movement was discredited and even regarded in some quarters as cultish, but I think there’s something to the City Beautiful idea when it comes to civic pride. Los Angeles’...

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