Las Vegas vs. Baghdad City Grid

13Sep07

Urban sprawl, Las Vegas, Nevada, originally uploaded by cocoi_m.

baghdad_suburb01, originally uploaded by Luodanli.

Every time I see Baghdad on TV I think of home.

The similarities are not intentional but it turns out the standard US sprawl development model mirrors the way Baghdad’s suburbs naturally developed. In Iraq, family members would buy property near each other and build walls along their collective perimeters facing other neighborhoods. One entrance would be gated or guarded to deter crime and prevent entry to “undesirables.”

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