In a rectangular grid, all roads lead to the center

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 24 02:39:27 UTC 2008

At 9:29 PM -0500 2/23/08, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>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.
Perhaps Prof. McConville is counting on his readers to know that the
king in question was a very large monarch indeed, sort of like Henry
VIII only more so.


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