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Nearly all of them may cross each other at right angles as they do in Chicago. In that case the pattern is called rectangular. Or perhaps the streets and avenues diverge from centers as do the spokes of a wheel. C. Such a design is known as radial. And then there are cities with a mixture of these patterns or with thoroughfares so irregularly spaced that the resultant arrangement is referred to by the experts as non-geometric. The elements of concern in any design are primarily three in number, namely, effectiveness of finding our way around, safety, and esthetic possibilities.

Within less than two years the old number fell away, the new number was in effect and everyone was happy. The new system works well. Where the radial pattern of streets prevails, the problem of numbering in a meaningful manner is complicated. C. Blocks along the circles become longer between radii as the distance from the center of the city or from any other center increases. With such irregularity a decimal system of numbering is impossible. In the radial design, a city is likely to be divided into four quadrants—northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast.

Too much time is being lost in getting around. 13 URBAN PROFILES MANY OF US have worked on a quiz consisting of a picture outline of famous buildings which had to be associated with the city in which the buildings are located, thereby identifying the city. Big Ben is readily identified as synonymous with London; the Taj Mahal marks Agra in India; the Eiffel Tower, of course, recalls Paris to mind and the Empire State Building stamps New York City. These structures, which in a sense have become trade-marks, are parts of urban profiles.

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