Students will analyze the print McSpedon & Baker Five Points, 1827 to note how New York City life was depicted during the 19th century and to understand the impetus behind city planning.
Students will analyze elements of the Commissioners's Plan of 1811 to understand how the street plan provided a framework and articulated the vision for the grid.
Students will study the Randel Maps to understand how the island was surveyed and prepared for the implementation of the street plan.
Students will analyze the print The March of Modern Improvement to debate the progress of the Grid and resulting changes.
Students will compare and contrast three photographs, ranging from aerial to street views, to note how the grid developed the city's landscape.
Using a series of quotes spanning the 19th to 21st centuries, students will encounter the various changing attitudes planners had about the grid and will reflect on how the grid affected development above and below ground.