Ebenezer Howard blue plaque in London

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Near this spot at 62 Fore Street on the 29th January 1850 was born Sir Ebenezer Howard founder of the Garden City Movement

Sir Ebenezer Howard OBE (29 January 1850 – 1 May 1928) is known for his publication Garden Cities of To-morrow (1898), the description of a utopian city in which people live harmoniously together with nature. The publication resulted in the founding of the garden city movement, that realised several Garden Cities in Great Britain at the beginning of the 20th century. This movement influenced the development of several model suburbs such as Forest Hills Gardens designed by F. L. Olmsted Jr. in 1909, Radburn NJ (1923) and the Suburban Resettlement Program towns of the 1930s (Greenbelt, Maryland, Greenhills, Ohio, Greenbrooke, New Jersey and Greendale, Wisconsin).Howard aimed to reduce the alienation of humans and society from nature, and hence advocated garden cities. Howard is believed by many to be one of the great guides to the town planning movement, with many of his garden city principles being used in modern town planning.

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