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The historic city is a concept; a creation of the human imagination. The raw materials from which the imagination shapes it, however, may be, and usually are, composed of tangible physical structures, forms, and shapes as well as nontan-gible memories and associations with past events and personalities: all of which can be related to actual physical locations on the Earth's surface. The adjective historic modifies the noun city, separating historic from nonhistoric, assuming the existence of two categories of cities. The answers to two questions are sought here. What is a historic city? Why and how have historic cities been created?

What is a Historic City?

We can distinguish three approaches to time, their expression in urban environments, and their relationship with place management philosophies. There are ...

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