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In practice considered, some extraneous factors, still to be balance of urban forces. artificially altered this ideal Ill most basic and minimal units of public space we have already noted, the need for viability in medieval towns was in direct conflict with the need for builtup private space. The resulting rule governing the width of streets may be stated simply: streets will be as narrow as they can be while allowing for transit of goods and persons. g. the houses lining the bridges). The success of this encroachment depended on the relative political power of the builder involved.

Faith (Carmelites) were outside the city walls at the time of their establishment (Fig. 19, 20). 18 The large public spaces that remain in front of these churches and characterize them (Florence: Piazza S. Croce, Piazza S. Maria Novella, Piazza del Carmine) are the surviving faubourg markets outside the gates of the old wall rings. It may be said that the stability that the mendicant convents brought to the turbulent faubourgs contributed to that growing political and economic power which eventually made the in- clusion of the faubourgs within the later wall a matter of interest not only to the residents of the faubourgs, but to the city as a whole.

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