Second-to-last chemo treatment today, laying in bed, unable to sleep, listening to an old-old-oldies station. "Downtown" by Petula Clark comes on. I ask myself, "Is that a planning song?"
Don't know if you have had this thread before, thought I'd run it by the assembled planners, because it is, after all, "less than cosmic".
Downtown - Pet Clark - About 1965
First line says, "When you are lonely and life is getting you down you can always go, downtown."
Obviously, she is talking about a downtown with life, unlike the vast majority of America's cities. Small towns often have a vibrant "four corners", but we tend to call them "Uptown".
(Uptown Girl.....??.....Billy Joel.)
Ferry Cross The Mersey - Gerry & The Pacemakers - 1965?
Kind of fits, indirectly, with urban transportation.
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison (& Others) Mid-60's
"Crazy kind of women there...." or some such line. Obviously talking about a PLANNED red light district, AKA Boston, others.
Speaking of Boston.....Dirty Water - The Standells - 1966
"I love that dirty water, oh, Boston you're my home." Environmental planners, get busy.
The Boss, Sprinsteen - City In Ruins (Title correct?) -= Couple years ago. I believe written as an ode to a Jersey city falling apart, but the message became intertwined with the NYC 911 story and tributes.
Another from Petula Clark, mid-1960's - Don't Sleep In The Subway, Darling. Obvious message about much of America's rapid transit, no doubt the fault of planners.....heh heh.....
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees - 1967? This one anybody who is or thinks they are (me) a planner can actually visualize the map with the curvy streets and cul-de-sacs.
Can't right now recall any Radiohead, Wilco, or hip-hop planning songs.....I'm old and need your young help.....
Certain that there are lots more.
Bear, Not Sleeping In Subway Or At Home