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About halfway through the 19 th century, a fundamental change occurred in the relationship between people and cities. For the previous 5,000-odd years, cities had served as totems of human memory and achievement. Construction of a single building, like the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, could unfold over 10 generations. A citadel could last for 1,000 years. Urban life remained, for the most part, nasty and short.
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