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Documentary: Radiant City

A seen on Deconstructed City (Thanks, Jake!)

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  1. I first saw this on tv a number of years ago (thank you CBC!), and was incredibly impacted by it. Watching this was but one in a list of occurrences that helped me define that nagging discomfort with the past 50 years of 'planning' in North America, which then snowballed towards a complete disgust of the society we've built. I can't wait to hear what future generations may think when they view this wonderful film.

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