optimizing the street grid

Some people love it, some people hate it. But you have to admire its simplicity, and it certainly does have some merit;

It is incredibly easy to plan out and survey (everything is an aligned rectangle.)
It is highly connected (there are no dead ends.)
It is very hard to get lost in (especially if you number your streets like in Manhattan.)

Of course, there are disadvantages. Particularly, it can become repetitive and uniform (a strict grid usually does not offer much variation in block sizes and street widths), and it does not accomidate diagonal travel very well.

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