Savannah, Georgia is considered to be the first planned city in the United States.
Savannah has one of the largest urban registered historic landmark districts in the country. The city was founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. The city plan is credited to Oglethorpe, although the orthogonal (a repetitive, modular grid of 24 squares) design was more likely based on a design by Oglethorpe's friend, Robert Castell. Castell died in a British debtor's prison before Oglethorpe came to America. Savannah City reflects the social, military, environmental, and philosophical needs of 1700s. Savannah City stands out among American colonial town plans. The city was internationally acclaimed for its beauty of neighborhood squares.The city plan of Savannah has been named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in recognition of its unique artistic achievement and widespread influence on urban planning.
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