In a rectangular grid, all roads lead to the center

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Feb 24 02:29:18 UTC 2008

In the spirit of Jon L.:

In describing the layout of a newly planned capital city for Nova
Scotia in 1750, an historian writes in 2006:

"At the town's center was to be a 'spacious Square, with an
Equestrian Statue of his present Majesty in the Center of it.' The
streets were 'all built in straight lines, crossing one another at
right angles.' In this town, all roads would lead to the king."

The interior quotations are from a contemporary newspaper, but "all
roads would lead to the king" are the modern author's words.  He is
Brendan McConville, presently a professor of history at Boston
University, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown.


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