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A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Haussmann, Baron Georges-Eugène

Haussmann, Baron Georges-Eugène (1809–91)   Reference library

Patrick Taylor

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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...the forced redistribution of households, compulsory purchases, and the destruction of countless historic buildings, among them virtually all the 17th-century and many earlier houses on the Île de la Cité; 350,000 people were moved from their homes and Haussmann felt able to make a joke of his skills as a ‘demolition artist’. Without such ruthlessness the harmonious pattern of streets, the creation of public parks and square gardens, and street planting would have been, if not impossible, very much more difficult. Under the supervision of Alphand , ...