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Baron Haussmann
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Architect
    (March 27, 1809-January 11, 1891)
    Born in Paris, France
    Birth name was Georges-Eugene Haussmann
    Civic planner
    Hired by Napoleon III to modernize Paris (1852)
    Changes included creating a series of broad, straight boulevards and replacing warrens of alleys and dead ends
    He called himself Baron even though he never received a title.
    His boulevards were designed to be too wide for rebels to barricade during a revolt and to allow the army to maneuver easily.
    He imposed a sameness on city blocks, with neighboring buildings having to be the same height and have aligned facades.
    His changes displaced the city's poor from central Paris to the outskirts.
    His renovations were so expensive that Napoleon III eventually fired him in an attempt to improve his own fading popularity (January 5, 1870).
    He overhauled Paris' aging water and sewer systems, improving residents' health.
    He created numerous parks and green spaces.
    He greatly relieved the city's traffic congestion problems.
    He influenced the 'City Beautiful' movement in the US and Australia.

Credit: C. Fishel


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