London always reminds me of a brain. It is similarly convoluted and circuitous. A lot of cities, especially American ones like New York and Chicago, are laid out in straight lines. Like the circuits on computer chips, there are a lot of right angles in cities like this. But London is a glorious mess. It evolved from a score or so of distinct villages, that merged and meshed as their boundaries enlarged. As a result, London is a labyrinth, full of turnings and twistings just like a brain.
James Geary (b.1962), On London, All Aphorisms, All the Time
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I like how it doesn’t have that grid system, and feels like a mess. It gives the city character.
Best wishes, Pete.
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Yes, Christopher Wren tried to impose a grid system. Thankfully he failed.
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