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Old 03-24-2014, 07:26 PM
 
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What about Blade Runner? There's some urban planning run amok there. Or Soylent Green.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:54 PM
 
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Or, rather, maybe not enough planning? The fundamental lesson of Make Room! Make Room! (the science fiction novel that inspired Soylent Green) was overpopulation and environmental collapse as a result of a lack of family planning (in the form of birth control.)
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:17 PM
 
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A Canadian film called waydowntown, about characters living in Calgary, whose downtown consists of buildings interconnected by indoor skywalks. The characters make a bet about who can survive the longest without ever going outside.

Waydowntown (2000) - IMDb
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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Most of the films posted here have been fictional, using issues associated with some type of settlement pattern as the setting or background of the story, or just to add atmosphere. I'm guessing that films that focus mainly on the subject of urban planning are hard to find. It could be difficult, though maybe not impossible, to make a gripping story about how a city, town, or suburb is planned. Cool that someone has posted about a film that does deal directly with this subject.

I don't know of any, but I wonder whether there might be a film about a neighborhood where the residents are trying to fight attempts at "urban renewal" which threaten to break apart their community. That premise would have potential as a story.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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Passport to Pimlico (sp) has that theme. There's another old black and white movie with a boisterous family in an old house who won't sell out to developers. I seem to recall the daughter falls in love with the developer but forget the ending.

On the theme of rural removal, Local Hero is a wonderful movie about a fishing village threatened by an oil company.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:00 PM
 
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Do short YouTube films count?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywo_...507E3A178AFE93
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:41 AM
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not quite urban planning but car culture. The movie American Graffiti shows American teenager car culture in the early 60s (or an exagerrated version of it): socializing in their cars, meeting boys/girls, showing off their cars, even stopping next to other cars to talk.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:56 PM
 
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not quite urban planning but car culture. The movie American Graffiti shows American teenager car culture in the early 60s (or an exagerrated version of it): socializing in their cars, meeting boys/girls, showing off their cars, even stopping next to other cars to talk.
Not so exaggerated. "Bugging State" (Street) was a rite of passage in my hometown, in addition to driving over the state line into New York to buy alcohol. It was very much like American Graffiti. The gathering spot was the Public Dock (now known as Dobbins Landing because pranksters kept prying the L loose from the sign), where we'd drive in circles (at 50 cents a gallon), park, meet people from other parts of town, honk horns, blare music from our AM radios, and do other things teenagers do.

Tons of movies about car culture, from The Love Bug to The Gumball Rally.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:01 PM
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LOL. One of my high school friends ran out of gas once while cruising in circles. Was broke and I guess waited too late. Or so I was told. But did you stop in the middle of the road to talk the passengers in the neighboring car?

I had to think for a bit how you would be near the NY state line. Wow. And I realized you were right at the "other end" of the state from "my part".
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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LOL. One of my high school friends ran out of gas once while cruising in circles. Was broke and I guess waited too late. Or so I was told. But did you stop in the middle of the road to talk the passengers in the neighboring car?
Of course! Especially if the guys were cute.

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I had to think for a bit how you would be near the NY state line. Wow. And I realized you were right at the "other end" of the state from "my part".
From my parents' house, I could get to the state line in 15 minutes. Conveniently, there was a bar and a carryout about 15 yards past the state line. LOL There was a pretty sizeable group of night clubs, too, in the towns around Chatauqua Lake. Some nights it was a miracle we got home alive.
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