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Found on EBay -- Charles Mulford Robinson

July 10, 2009 |  6:00 pm

Charles Mulford Robinson, Honolulu
A plan for Honolulu, 1907
In the early 20th century, Charles Mulford Robinson wrote a series of books on beautifying cities and developed specific plans for such places as Detroit and Los Angeles. Robinson proposed that Los Angeles build a Union Station, straighten Spring Street and plant jacarandas. He also advocated a scenic drive from downtown to Pasadena and a large library on 5th Street. Sound familiar?

A copy of his plan for Honolulu has been listed on EBay. It's priced at $85, a bit expensive for an ex-library book, but it's hard to find.

Luckily, many of Robinson's books are available at But not the plan for Los Angeles.