Excerpt from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 6: November, 1866, to May, 1869
It is in vain to expect that such evils, shortening and rendering miserable the life of man, can be removed by legislation or arbitrary power. In various great cities attempts are... making to replace their densely congregated streets and dwellings by structures at once ornamental and salutary; and Europe is now admiring that great renovation in a neighbouring metropolis, by which hundreds of streets and thousands of dwellings, once the seat of poverty and crime, are replaced by architectural combinations the most beauti ful, and by hotels and palaces which vie with the finest edifices of Greek or of Roman art.
These great improvements, however, are necessarily local and partial, and centuries must pass away before we can expect those revolutions in our domestic and city architecture under which the masses of the people will find a cheerful and well-lighted home. We must, therefore, attack the evil as it exists, and call upon science to give us such a remedy as she can supply.
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