Adam Rome, Frederick Law Olmsted and the Nature of Sustainable Communities, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 2, March 2017, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/frederick-law-olmsted-nature-sustainable-communities/) Abstract: In the mid 19th century, many Americans began to fear that modern civilization might not be sustainable. They were not worried about climate change or nuclear war or species loss. Instead, they debated whether the United States could thrive as an urban nation. The explosive growth of cities in the 19th century was unprecedented—a vast experiment—and, no one knew whether the modern metropolis would become a shining achievement or a polluted, socially divided, ungovernable disaster. As The Nation argued in 1866, "The immense proportions which great cities are assuming in all civilized countries promises to make the arrangement and management of them the most important of all the problems of social science. It is a problem, too, which the experience of mankind offers little or no help in solving." This concern about the future of the metropolis is strikingly similar to the challenge of sustainability today. Like the predicaments of our time, the problem of the city was … Topics: History; Sustainability; Urbanization