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The Seeds of Urban Theory: Classic Statements about Cities and Communities
The seeds of urban theory: Classic statements about cities and communities

The earliest cities in Europe and North America looked very different than they do today. Things that we tend to associate with cities—like skyscrapers and subways, and even paved streets—became part of city life in the 20th century. Yet we shouldn't assume that our cities today are totally different from those of the past. As we noted in the first three chapters, the seeds of today's cities were planted centuries ago. Cities have grown so much in the past 150 years that they almost seem natural as if these seeds are more literal than figurative, as if the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the ...

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