Radburn, a planned community, was started in 1929 by the City Housing Corporation from the plans developed by Clarence Stein and Henry Wright. The concept of the "new town" grew out of the older planned communities in Europe and the work of Ebenezer Howard and Patrick Geddes. The intent was to build a community which made provisions for the complexities of modern life, while still providing the amenities of open space, community service and economic viability.
The Master Plan
A Landscape Design Master Plan is a full-property design plan often accompanied by plant photos, reference photos, color renderings, and/or section drawings to fully convey the design concept. Some of the aspects of Marjorie Sewell Cautley’s original design have been lost, there are erosion and drainage issues and well as deteriorated paths. This plan will help us identify the problems and will give us plan to fix them.
The existing tunnel under Howard Ave. connecting A and B parks consists of a masonry structure with a concrete slab. The exterior masonry requires repair mostly in the form of pointing of masonry joints between the stones and is generally overall fair condition. The slab; however, within the tunnel contains cracks and heaved sections that create trip hazards. In addition, the existing drainage means, while functional are typically inundated with soil washout from the slopes directly adjacent to and outside of the tunnel walls.
A lot of the original design and species composition has been lost through the years and deviate from the Marjorie Sewell Cautley’s original design. The parks need to be replanted, the Association is working closely with tree experts on a tree plan, including an index of the trees.