[picapp align="right" wrap="true" link="term=london+map&iid=92171" src="0088/3c87ae78-3ed9-428d-8a50-c4d0604d8314.jpg?adImageId=9338669&imageId=92171" width="234" height="351" /] As I mentioned last week, I'm reading Fragile Things, a collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman. In the story "Keepsakes and Treasures," there is an interesting description of London:
London is mad. Multiple personality problems. All these little towns and villages that grew and crashed into each other to make one big city, but never forget their old borders.
I like this about older cities that grew together rather than starting as a planned community. My hometown, Philadelphia, is a lot like this. The city now occupies the entire county, but it was stitched together in the 19th century as the original city absorbed the surrounding towns.