Non-place urban realm

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Non-place urban realm was name of a model for urban development devised by the American sociologist Melvin Webber. Webber was greatly influenced and impressed by the auto-driven expansion of Los Angeles, and saw future cities being designed around the needs of a universally car-driving public. This would lead to cities where the needs of automobile traffic were paramount, combining a motorway grid with low-density suburban settlements, for which he coined the term 'non-place urban realm'. In the United Kingdom Webber's theories were applied by the designers of the new city of Milton Keynes (1967- ).