The New York administration has drastically revised its building code in an effort to cool the furnace effect of the city's skyscrapers.
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Background: The New York administration has drastically revised its building code in an effort to cool the furnace effect of the city's skyscrapers. New buildings are being constructed well back from the hot sidewalks and fountains are being installed. The concept for this revolution in American city planning came from the Museum of Modern Art's famous sculpture garden.
SYNOPSIS: New York Mayor John Lindsay has instigated a change in the city building code which it's hoped will eventually bring relief to New Yorkers in the summer. The huge concrete complex that is New York with its towering buildings and shroud of pollution allows little relief from the humidity.
But under the new legislation new building must be build well back from sidewalks and a number of fountains will be built. The new legislation stems from the success of New York's Museum of Modern Arts. For 30 years it had provided an oassis for people seeking relief from the humidity. Fountain and reflecting pools set off some of the world's most distinguished sculptures to provide a unique haven from the hustle and bustle of New York.
The success of the Museum has show New York's legislators the way. Now a number of small parks are under construction....each with a large fountain. Psychologists see a much deeper need for them than just to stave off the oppressive humidity. The brutal pressures of life in the largest city in the United States and its effect ion human beings have caused concern. Before construction of the parks, New Yorkers had few places they could go to escape the city. Now a small piece of greenery may prove the necessary tonic, if only for a few minutes to escape the concrete jungle.