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per square mile
June 21, 2011, 8:28 pm
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I wouldn’t have know that Paris was more dense than New York.  Presumably people live and work in Paris, where in New York a higher proportion commute in and out for their work days.  Also, I’m surprised New York is denser than that big Asian metropolis Singapore.

It makes sense that London is more spread out – its antecedents are shires and cottages and villages and ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle.’  Less sense that New York developed so densely being in the new world which firmly committed to spreading out.  But, New York was the clearing house for one of the biggest and longest trades of the past two centuries, which made it grow vertical and dense – the anomaly American city.  Houston of course is just an ass.

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