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We Wish These Retrofuturistic Versions Of American Cities Had Come True

In the first half of the 20th century, artists came up with gorgeous designs for New York City, Columbus, Houston, and other American cities, imagining them as havens of efficient transportation, dense urban living, and space age architecture.

Manhattan, New York, by Richard Rummell, 1910-1911

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Houston's skyline in 1980, imagined by he Houston Post in 1920

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Frank Lloyd Wright's plan for the Los Angeles Civic Center, 1925

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San Francisco, by Alexander Weygers, c. 1950

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Columbus in 1992, envisioned by the architects of Tibbals-Crumley-Musson in 1962

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DISCUSSION

Most of these visions just seem dull and soulless, but I wouldn't skip a chance to live in this beautiful, multilayered art deco metropolis.