City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris

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A shimmering account of the nineteenth-century reinvention of Paris as the most beautiful, interesting city on the planet

In 1853, French emperor Louis Napoleon ushered in a vast and also enthusiastic program of public works in Paris, directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann transformed the old medieval city of repulsive shanty towns as well as disease-ridden alleyways into a "City of Light" characterized by broad boulevards, home blocks, parks, squares and also public monuments, new rail terminals and also outlet store, and also a new system of public cleanliness. City of Light graphes this fifteen-year job of metropolitan revival which– despite the disturbances of battle, revolution, corruption, and insolvency– set a design template for 19th and very early twentieth-century metropolitan preparation as well as produced the long-lasting landscape of contemporary Paris now so well-known around the globe.
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