The Story of Sprawl DVD Commentary

Released: Oct. 23, 2008.

In this special video podcast edition of the KunstlerCast you can watch and listen to the second half of a commentary track that James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary recorded for a soon-to-be-released DVD called The Story of Sprawl. The DVD is being produced by Kunstler and Crary comment on The City a 1939 film with a narrative written by the great 20th century generalist Lewis Mumford. In part 2 of the film Mumford pitches the idea for “green cities,” but these green cities look an awful lot like suburbia.

Direct Downloads:

Video: KunstlerCast_36_Video.m4v

( 100 MB | 20:00 mins.) *Link fixed 10/25/08

Watch The City (1939) Part 2 – Without commentary

The Regional Planning Association of America’s plea for community chaotic cities and urban sprawl. Directors: Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke. Script: Henwar Rodakiewicz, from an outline by Pare Lorentz. Commentary written by Lewis Mumford. Narrator: Morris Carnovsky. Photography: Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke, Jules V.D. Bucher, Edward Anhalt, Roger Barlow and Rudolph Bretz. Editor: Theodore Lawrence. Music: Aaron Copland.

Producer: American Documentary Films, Inc.

Sponsor: American Institute of Planners, through Civic Films, Inc.

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


KunstlerCast listners receive a $5 discount when they purchase The Story of Sprawl 2-DVD set, feauturing a comentary recorded by Jim and Duncan from this episode of the KunstlerCast. Use the discount code “Fiesta” during checkout. The KunstlerCast will receive a $5 referral fee for each purchase, too!