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X and the City by John A. Adam

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Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION

Cancer, Princess Dido, and the city

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To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor.

—Frank Lloyd Wright

X = ?: WHAT ARE CITIES?

Although this question was briefly addressed in the Preface, it should be noted that the answer really depends on whom you ask and when you asked the question. Perhaps ten or twelve thousand years ago, when human society changed from a nomadic to a more settled, agriculturally based form, cities started to develop, centered on the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers in ancient Babylon. It can be argued that two hundred years ago, or even ...

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