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Planning, connecting and financing cities-Now : Priorities for city leaders

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Priorities for city leaders

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The World Bank

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Washington, D.C.:The World Bank

Date 2013
Pages 132
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Governance
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Abstract

The world’s first cities were in the Uruk Cluster in Mesopotamia. The largest was Ur, which appears in the Epic of Gilgamesh (one of the earliest known works of literature, set around 3,500 BCE). Extending over 60 hectares, Ur was home to about 24,000 people. But as an irrigation city – also also providing marketing and defense services – it governed and extracted surpluses from a neighboring population of about 500,000. Its urban population was densely concentrated, more than 400 people per hectare, and the planning practices were strikingly sophisticated. With four main residential areas, Ur offered its inhabitants basic amenities such as well-laid-out streets and sanitation. (The rest omitted)