mike sinclair in his project city beautiful, looks at how public areas made to provide ideal civic space transform themselves through time.
from his statement in blurb.com:
"In 1893 the newly formed Parks and Boulevard Commission of Kansas City presented a plan to solve the rapidly growing city’s lack of parkland. Not content to create just a few typical parks with a playground at one end and a ball field at the other, their intent was to carve out of the topographically eccentric site of our city a series of connecting parks and parkways that would bind the city together geographically and as a community.
These photographs show some of what remains of that intent today".