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January 7, 2017 AT 12:49 am

The Whys of Town Size, Location, and Layout #SaturdayMorningCartoons

via Wendover Productions

Between Hagerstown and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania are 6 towns, each almost exactly 10 miles apart. This isn’t a planned feature. Almost all medium-sized rural towns in the US established before cars are 10 miles apart — a consequence of the relationship between population, resources, and technology. This is an essay about the hidden rules that determine the growth of cities. Fascinating.


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