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Old 10-12-2011, 07:57 PM
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I'm from the northeast and small towns here tend to be very spread out. A towns boundaries may be 50 miles or more and there is little if any downtown area. When I look at small towns in the midwest and elsewhere they look completely different. The towns are usually densely packed with a square grid look to them. There boundaries are often less than a mile. I'm wondering if anyone can educate me as to why this is.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:34 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Well in Maine the 'township' map was draw on paper segmenting all of Maine into townships. Even though many at the time had no residents in them [and still remain that way].

Homesteads, farms, mills, were built wherever the resources allowed. Along rivers and ponds, flat meadows without regard for straight lines. Most of our roads wander around because they were originally cow paths, picking their way around swampy ground to get from one settlement to the next.

When the migration West happened. Surveyors drew maps with square grids of roadways, and as towns form they decided which grids should be city parks, schools, churches, etc, before even the first house was built.

What we see today is evidence of either preplanning of each city, or the total lack of planning.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:52 AM
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Hmmm... how would/could you explain on something that is done throughout generations of population growth (either through planning or not by the generation of surveyors) by nature or by man???

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