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The Bicentennial of the Manhattan Street Grid

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

WNYC

Two hundred years ago, the island of Manhattan was a thriving port city with a rapidly growing population and scattered farms dotting much of the northern part of the island. But even then, city planners knew Manhattan could become one of the great cities in the world. And a great city deserves a great street grid. Today marks the 200th anniversary of that initiative.

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