‘THE FUTURAMA’ – A 1930’S URBAN VISION LIABLE TO GIVE LEFTIES THE ‘WILLIES’

The General Motors pavilion and its “Futurama” ride/exhibition was a must-see attraction at New York’s World’s Fair in 1939-40.  Inside was a diorama, viewed from a rotating platform, showing an America of skyscrapers, radio-controlled cars, miles and miles of freeways, and homogenized greenbelts.  The World’s Fair and its exhibits are included in a new book about industrial designer, Norman Bel Geddes, “the man who streamlined the world.”   “Norman Bel Geddes Designs America” (Abrams, $65).