Cairo/Garden City

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Garden City is a well-planned and leafy district of central Cairo, immediately south of the very centre of the modern city at Midan Tahrir. In 1905 the agricultural architect Jose Lamba was asked by the owners of the Nile Land and Agricultural Company to design a new city. His vision was of a leafy suburb with a layout drawn up more using a compass than a ruler, unlike the rectilinear grid system used in other suburbs like Ma'adi and Zamalek. Lambas preferred an Art Nouveau style with smaller roads and uneven lines, interspersed with triangles often leading the walker back to where they started.
Garden City is the location of several large hotels and embassies, including the British and American missions. There's not much to do here, but it's a reasonable place to stay, close to downtown, but in a quiet and high security area. This was the elite neighbourhood of Cairo in the 1930s and 1940s, and it's still considered posh. Its biggest landowner is the Vatican with 12 of the original 273 plots, and it hosts the De La Mere de Dieu College for Girls.

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