Book details the history of Manhattan's planning grid

01/18/2012 | Brain Pickings

The story of Manhattan's urban planning is chronicled in "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan 1811-2011." Manhattan experienced rapid growth between 1790 and 1810, and The Commissioner's Plan of 1811 prepared for continued expansion by plotting out city blocks of 200 by 800 feet. Its transformation from rural land to metropolis proved easier in some areas than others, and rocks and small mountains complicated development.

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