John F. Eades


In 1922 members of the newly formed Planning Board of the City of West Palm Beach agreed to have their municipality enter into a contact with city planner John Nolen. At the time, Nolen’s planning firm was the largest in the United States, and Nolen, along with a small host of other planners, was busy laying the cornerstones of the planning profession. The shaky business relationship between Nolen and West Palm Beach was a short one, lasting only about a year. By the time Nolen fulfilled his contractual obligations, the planning activity in West Palm Beach had fallen into utter disarray. This article addresses the motivations behind the first planning movement, its brief activity, and the several factors that contributed to the early demise of city planning in West Palm Beach.