Punch,  55 (1868), 258.

A French Lesson for Us Londoners





Architecture, Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, Nationalism, Scientific Practitioners, Medical Practitioners, Heroism, Hospitals

    Begins by comparing London unfavourably to Paris, emphasising that the French capital has cleaner and grander streets where 'steam rollers' for flattening the road 'abound'. Parisian streets have been 'christened after men of art and science and philosophy and state-craft, and poetry and medicine', including Englishmen. Speculates on the consequences of installing the French architect and town-planner Georges E Haussmann in London, and urges that royal street-names be replaced by 'Newton Street', 'Herschel Street and 'Punch Street'. Also suggests that England should return the compliment paid by the French in 'La Rue Faraday' by introducing 'Buffon Street'. Finally, suggests that England could improve on the French example by naming streets after persons associated with the area and gives many examples including 'Abernethy Street' and 'Brodie Street' near hospitals.

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