The Living City by Frank Llyod Wright is still the future

Okay. I've been obsessed with FLW for awhile. It's pretty easy to have an appreciation for one of America's most popular architects. The Living City, a dense book spewed on to paper from a mind of a genius, lays out how he envisioned Broadacre - his utopian master plan that never came to be. To me it reads a bit like a radio manual. I guess that's what happens when you are a visionary and you are dreaming up the future. I bet most people had no idea on what he was striving to accomplish until decades later. For example - take a look at the concept drawing below. Instead of street lamps - he wanted to have lights directly on the road for more efficient ground cover. Practical. Smart. Less light pollution. I also can't stop looking at electrical lines and telephone poles. I have heard his, "Form follows Function," mantra a thousand times, but I guess I never noticed the results when humans go against it. We are sloppy. There is nothing elegant about cables draped haphazardly around our cities. This is my opinion, I feel humans trust their egos more than the natural order that exists around them. FLW admits progress has come from this machine evolution - his main worries seem to be at the velocity we are moving. I could talk about this book for hours! I'll spare you. I wonder what he would think about Elon Musk, the state of our democracy today. Guess we can only imagine, which he would approve of.  Here are a couple of things that spoke to me from the book: 

- Our soul grows more by what we give than by what we take and feed upon. 

- All history plainly shows that "force" did not nor can it ever organize the growth of anything but resentment, hatred, revenge, more war - epitome of all ill-will. Anything inorganic never can end fear.

- No, "employment" is not enough! What a man wants, if democracy works, is not so much employment as freedom to work at what he believes in, what he likes to do.