f you make the same comparison from 1940 to today, hardly anything has changed
Reimagining cities from the internet up
Daniel L. Doctoroff

That may be because you are looking only at physical changes, the visual picture. Yet since 1940 cities have changed dramatically, one of the biggest being the vast growth in suburbs. They existed before, but automobiles, highway building, and the white flight they facilitated have changed the governance, tax bases, and demographics of city regions. Where “a city” could introduce sewers a century ago, or create a metropolitan electric company, now it would require the coordination of many separate political entities with sometimes drastically different goals.

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