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The Douglas C. Allen Institute for the Study of Cities

The Douglas C. Allen Institute for the Study of Cities

For many of us, Doug Allen shaped the way we look at cities. He structured our thinking and showed us how to analyze one town from another. And he did so in a way that was enjoyable and kept us wanting more. It wasn’t just his breadth of knowledge that captivated us, his students and friends. Doug had an uncanny ability to weave seemingly disparate elements together, displaying them side-by-side so neatly that their mutual relationship appeared with a sudden moment of clarity. Doug was the Cicero of the classroom. When I had my first course with him at Georgia Tech, my friends and I referred to it as “Storytime with Doug Allen” rather than it’s official title “History of Urban Form.” Read more


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