the Aztecs, the Incas sometimes used a grid pattern to lay out their inner
cities. Although it was not common in either societies, it was used
occasionally. In the grid pattern, the streets were designed to cross
one another at 90 degree angles. Some anthropologists believe that
use of the grid method was an earlier model of city arrangement because
it is found in close proximity to Cuzco. In the Inca city of Cuzco,
the central sector was refurbished using a grid patten(Malpass 63).
Comparatively, the inner part ot the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan
was also reconstructed using a grid pattern.
I wonder why so many cultures used the grid pattern to arrange their cities.
Was it the simplicity of it that led these cultures to choosing this arrangement
or could there have been leakage from traveling groups who carried information
with them from other cultures? I suppose it was most likely pure
chance that these cultures who knew nothing of the others' existance created
the same arrangement types independently.
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