Metropolitan Metamorphosis: The Creation of the City, 1870 to 1965 [Slide Show]

A visual tour of past efforts, many better left unrealized, that have shaped the way we live and work in cities—as seen in the pages of Scientific American

Scientific American

In conjunction with Scientific American’s special September 2011 issue on cities, we present an archival look back at the documented growth of urban environments. As population increased, cities had to find ways to meet the demands of expansion and to face the consequences of containing large numbers of people in small spaces. Some of the solutions offered in the following slide show have proved their worth and are still in use today. Others were either too impractical or too radical to make a lasting impact. 

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