Development of the today face of Budapest between 1870 and 1900


So fast was this growth that it earned the description of an 'American tempo'. However, Budapest resembled Chicago only in the speed of its growth. The development was carefully planned and the effect was delightful. In 1870 the municipality set up the Council of Public Works, which elaborated a grand master plan, and the city had the power to realize it. Everything that marked the standards of the age could be found in the master plan: there was a system of ring roads and boulevards, and a network of urban public transport: the height of the buildings was set, green spaces were included, and so forth. Though a major part of the city was built within the space of twenty years, the result was not monotony but a harmonious uniform style.