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Throughout history, cities have tended to be vectors for disease. In the Middle Ages, plague spread quickly through narrow, crowded streets. As the Industrial Revolution changed cities rapidly, buildings rose up almost on top of each other, blocking out the sun in many places, and lack of modern plumbing created filthy conditions in those packed streets.

The problem is that cities tend to grow in a reactive fashion, haphazardly as business trends shift. A city based with health in mind needs proactive urban planning. Plague outbreaks in Milan spurred Leonardo da Vinci to design cities with alleviated congestion and sanitation in mind, but those plans never came to fruition. Emerging from this pandemic, urban planners need to take a lesson from the master.

+INFO: The Boss Magazine

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