Unformatted text preview: Sticking with this metaphor, the city became very sick before the improvements were made. Cholera outbreaks were rampant and threatened to bring Parisian life to a standstill. After substantial changes and many francs later, the Paris sewers allowed economic and urban development to continue to grow and prosper. The article was written with a “butterfly effect” mindset, but the butterfly was larger, more obvious, and smellier. Disease, more specifically cholera, was affecting the city very deeply and the solution could only come from the root of the problem. Paris’s organs got revamped and its digestive system was back on track allowing it to develop smoothly. The sewers have generally been associated with non-pleasant things, and while I still have no desire to go for a stroll down one, I see their importance to society’s continuing evolution....
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- Fall '07
- Human Anatomy, Sanitary sewer, sewer systems, sewers