The Public Interest

Designing the cityscape

David Brooks

Winter 2000

FREDERICK Law Olmsted, who spent much of his life de- signing places where people could find refuge, never seemed to find refuge for himself. He never settled down and built a private estate where he could retire and retreat from the pressures of the world. Instead, he traveled and worked ceaselessly.  In 1894, at age 69, he wrote the following in a letter to his stepson John about his schedule for the coming months.

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