Datum: student journal of architecture

Article Title

Roma: The Bad City


As Aaron Betsky quoted so well in his article Uneternal City, "All roads lead to Rome, but once you get there they turn into spaghetti". The only way to understand this seemly tangled road system is by looking into Rome's past. What began as simple meandering paths along the seven hills transitioned into direct routes between important churches. Once Rome began to grow after its unification in the 1870's, residential grids were added to teh overlay of winding and straight routes. Knowing the layers of urban planning gives you onlya distant aerial view of the workings of this modern city. Walking trhough the streets reveals a completely different story. In the short time that I have lived in Rome, it has become clear that there is conflict between people and machines.

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