Talk:William H. Whyte

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"Holly" in the name of Whyte[edit]

There is a "Holly" in the name of Whyte. Lockley told me that it is correct "because that's how his friends and colleagues knew him, and that's how he was commonly refered to". He also gave me some refereces such as New York Times obit (at and Paul Goldberger's eulogy (at But it seems to me that "Holly" is just another expression of "Hollingsworth", Whyte's middle name. Correct? Is so, it is not accute to write his name as William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte. --Neo-Jay 05:21, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

  • Neo-Jay, the style guideline Wikipedia:Proper names is silent about the representation of nicknames as far as I can tell. The question isn't whether or not Mr. Whyte was known as 'Holly' -- a quick Google should ease your evident doubts. The question is how best to show that in the article. The existing "William Hollingsworth 'Holly' Whyte" seems to me the best, most accurate and most concise idea. If you have a better idea, Jay, I don't see much of a problem either way. Cheers. --Lockley 16:14, 25 April 2006 (UTC)
Hi, Lockley. How about using this: William Hollingsworth Whyte, also known as Holly Whyte... ? Anyway, William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte looks strange. Thanks. --Neo-Jay 00:01, 27 April 2006 (UTC)
if his friends and colleagues knew him as "holly" thats not highly notable. if his readers knew him as that, more notable. i think its the former. did book reviewers call him "holly"? his pen name was the title of this article, which is i believe his most common form for his name. (mercurywoodrose)Mercurywoodrose (talk) 00:04, 17 December 2010 (UTC)
Yes, you just need to do a quick search to find that there are plenty of reviews calling him "Holly" (Some examples: [1], [2], [3], [4]). --Elekhh (talk) 00:30, 17 December 2010 (UTC)


just a wee bit pov, cough cough

I agree. This line, for instance: "Whyte's work demonstrates, unarguably, what works and what doesn't"...should probably be modified Cjs2111 18:34, 3 September 2007 (UTC)
I've edited to remove some of the pov issues. I hope you'll find this more objective. --Lockley 19:50, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

external link requires password[edit]

Hi there,

The penn u link asked for a password when I clicked on it. Is this appropriate for the encyclopedia?

ogenstein (talk) 01:42, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

In general, registration-only (non-official) sites are not allowed as External links (but allowed as sources).
However in this case, it looks like their site is having technical difficulties, because it was available for years. I've fixed it to show an copy, for now. -- Quiddity (talk) 05:06, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Credit for Bryant Park Report[edit]

William Whyte did not author the 1980 Master Plan for Bryant Park. It was authored by Project for Public Spaces. Whyte wrote a memo in 1979 suggesting that the study and plan take place and his theories and methods were heavily included in the process, but he played no official role. PPS can produce the report and memo. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:29, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the hint. I removed the contested sentence. According to this source though the MP is credited to "Heiskell and Biederman". --Elekhh (talk) 06:09, 3 February 2011 (UTC)