Letter to the Editor of the NY Times Concerning Nicolai Ouroussoff’s Article

In Nicolai Ouroussoff’s In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises (Critic’s Notebook September 25) he notes, “Ever since the notion that thoughtful planning could improve the lot of humankind died out, sometime in the 1970s, both the megarich and the educated middle classes have increasingly found solace by walling themselves off inside a variety of mini-utopias.” This statement is shortsighted, focusing on individual failures while ignoring planning’s long history of success. Mr. Ouroussoff should be pleased to know that there has been a resurgence in ‘thoughtful planning’ and a trend away from gated communities and unsustainable development practices.

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