London Quote, no 2

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London always reminds me of a brain. It is similarly convoluted and circuitous. A lot of cities, especially American ones like New York and Chicago, are laid out in straight lines. Like the circuits on computer chips, there are a lot of right angles in cities like this. But London is a glorious mess. It evolved from a score or so of distinct villages, that merged and meshed as their boundaries enlarged. As a result, London is a labyrinth, full of turnings and twistings just like a brain. Its intelligence is distributed, too, like a brain’s. Each of these little villages—Primrose Hill, Highgate, Clapham, the City—has its own specializations and expertise. They are self-sufficient, even as they are inextricably and essentially part of the whole metropolis.

James Geary, On London

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2 responses to “London Quote, no 2

  1. London lad

    i never met a real Londoner I didn’t want to quickly get away from when I met him on the bus to work…

  2. A London Aphorist

    London: a place where people eat, sleep, creep, and meet. They’ve got to do it somewhere.

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