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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 442 of William J. Baumol’s and Wallace E. Oates’s 1984 paper “Long-run Trends in Environmental Quality,” which is a chapter in The Resourceful Earth: A Response to Global 2000 (Julian L. Simon & Herman Kahn, eds.):

When the automobile began to replace the horse and rip the streets of odorous dungheaps, it was hailed as a major contributor to public health and sanitation.  Certainly the modern city, whatever its state of cleanliness, is an improvement on the relatively tiny, but incredibly filthy, streets and waterways of medieval and Renaissance cities.