Notes on the Geography of Burma / Myanmar: Rangoon / Yangon: Photo 1
The British moved the capital of Burma here from Mawlamyine (Moulmein) in the early 1850s. Under the direct supervision of Lord Dalhousie, they laid out a network of gridded streets along the Rangoon River. The result was a paragon of geometry, with superblocks measuring 800 by 850 feet and rimmed by major avenues. The longer dimension was to accommodate a 50-foot street bisecting the superblocks, which were then each trisected by 30-foot streets to create narrow but long blocks. Like street patterns around the world, this one proved ineradicable: you see it here, 150 years after Dalhousie.
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