This book is the first formal printing of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant from 1976 which studied the pedestrian environment of four cities, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA and Amarillo, TX. It is simultaneously a scrapbook, an environmental critique and a design guide. A line from the Introduction says, "I became increasingly aware as I traveled and perused, that the vitality of pedestrian space is vested in an organic will to be alive; an undeniable energy."
The book reflects a wistfulness as it portrays the "street life" of it's time.
George Beggs received a Master of Architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1967 and practiced architecture in Boston and New York City in the 1960's and 1970's. He taught architectural design at Pratt Institute from 1971-1977. Beggs was awarded a one year National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1976 for the study named Environmental Elements for Sidewalks. From 1980 to 2004 Beggs practiced product design and founded and ran a medical device business. He retired in 2004 and has since been active in fine art photography.