The Nation: Cities in Review

Returning home from a tour of Britain and the U.S., the government-appointed Prefect of Paris, Maurice Doublet, produced his ratings of some of the cities he had visited. At the top of the list was San Francisco: "It reminds me most of Paris, but there's more. There's a very agreeable mixture of new big buildings and the old." Second was London—good mass transportation and parking. The third choice, Chicago, was a pleasant surprise because "they've respected nature in many areas of the city and there are good vistas."

Los Angeles came in fourth; Doublet said that he had found less smog there...

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