Monuments and Dust


Monuments and Dust


London Times: 14 Oct 1850

The Cities of London and Paris Compared.

The report of M. Darcy, divisional inspector of the Ponts et Chaunses, who has been to England to obtain information relative to the macadamized roads, has just been published. In this work we find the following particulars relative to the population, extent of the streets, & c., in Paris and London: -- The total surface of London is 210,000,000 of square metres; its population, 1,924,000; number of houses, 260,000; extent of the streets, 1,126,000 metres; extent of the streets not including the foot-pavement, 6,000,000 metres; extent of the sewers, 639,000 metres. The total surface of Paris is 34,379,016 square metres; population, 1,053,879; number of houses, 20,526; extent of the streets, 425,000 metres; surface of the streets, exclusive of the foot pavement, 3,600,000 square metres; length of the sewers, 135,000 metres; surface of the foot-pavement, 888,000 metres. Thus, in London, every inhabitant corresponds to a surface of 100 metres; at Paris to 34 metres. In London the average length for each house corresponds to 40 metres 40 centimetres; at Paris, to a length of street of 15 metres. These details establish the difference which exists between the two cities, from which it appears that there is in London a great extent of surface not built over; that the houses are not very high, and that almost every family has its own. The Boulevards of Paris is the part where the greatest traffic takes place, and the following are the results of the observations of M. Darcy on this subject: -- On the Boulevard des Capucines there pass every 24 hours 9,070 horses drawing carriages; Boulevard des Italiens, 10,750; Boulevard Poissonniers, 7,720; Boulevard St. Denis, 9,609; Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 5,856; general average of the above, 8,600. Rue du Faubourg St. Antoine, 4,800; Avenue des Champs-Elyses, 8,959. At London, in Pall-mall, opposite Her Majesty's Theatre, there pass at least 800 carriages every hour. On London-bridge not less than 13,000 every hour. On Westminster bridge the annual traffic amounts to not less than 8,000,000 horses. By this it will be seen that the traffic in Paris does not come up to one-half of what it is in the macadamized streets of London.