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    Bonjour/Hello

    Hello Everyone
    I just joined but have been watching the forums for quite some time. I am very interested in city planning but know very little about it. I am a student at University of Toronto, live in Montreal the rest of the year, and well... that's about it.

    I wanted to ask here, is anyone notices and can answer, is the planning of cities like Rome, London, etc. (cities that have been around for quite a while) very much different to the planning of more modern cities like say New York or Toronto? I tend to prefer the lay out and atmosphere of older cities and someone said it was because they have a more random set-up, but I was under the impression that they were just as planned as modern cities only with a different end in view... if anyone has some sort of an answer, or even some information I can follow up I would be most greatful.
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    Emma

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    Welcome from Chicago.

    Paris and many cities in Europe destroyed by World War II are highly planned. Most others grew organically.
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    hi there Emma welcome aboard!!! my name is Valetnin and I am from Portland, OR.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Welcome from Chicago.

    Paris and many cities in Europe destroyed by World War II are highly planned. Most others grew organically.
    Paris was practically untouched in WWII. It was shelled during the Franco-Prussian war and the Commune, which made possible some late reconstruction, but otherwise it is still that classic 19th century city.


    Anyway, welcome from a fellow Montrealer, or as I like to call it the city of pleasant chaos.

    Oh, to answer your question, cities like Rome and London were not necessarily planned but they were regulated and also modified by their patrons. "Urban planning" at that time was mainly about esthetics, such as the construction of new facades, squares and monuments.
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