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Have American urban rioters ever looted residences?

To pick just one notorious example, 99 years ago to the day, black people's homes were heavily looted by whites in the Tulsa riots of 1921. As this article describes, at least 65 looters were arrested....
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Why aren't there major cities on the Atlantic coast of France?

First because most cities in France are much smaller than cities in the US. Compare a list of French cities by population with the same for the US. There are 11 cities in the US bigger than the 2nd ...
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How was law enforcement handled in large US cities before professional police?

General observations on early urban policing In 1800, only four cities in the US had populations of around 25,000 or more - the largest of these was New York with 60,000 (the others were Philadelphia,...
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Have American urban rioters ever looted residences?

Yes. In San Francisco, 1849, a gang called the "Hounds" looted and destroyed residences in the district of Little Chile: "The Chileans in large numbers are living in tents on the outskirts of town. ...
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Why aren't there major cities on the Atlantic coast of France?

Bordeaux and Nantes are major cities and their proximity to the Atlantic coast was key to their development so there is nothing unusual about France in this respect, it does have some major port ...
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Was any city/town/place named "Washington" prior to 1790?

is their any other place that could have held this moniker prior to that time? Yes. Washington (population 67,000) is a town in historic County Durham in England. The earliest extant references to it ...
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Were bicycles widespread in the Soviet Union?

I would not say "most" but many people owned them. In the big cities, especially children (I am not talking about rural areas). Streets were NOT crowded with bikes (cannot even compare with Denmark or ...
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Was any city/town/place named "Washington" prior to 1790?

According to this article from the Free Lance-Star (referencing American Philatelist), there were seven other US towns called "Washington" that were established prior to Washington D.C. It indicates ...
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Why did Pre-Columbian Americans not build city walls?

The implication of the question is that Meso-American cultures didn't employ any architectural defenses ("walls"). I don't think that's true at all. Below is a pictoral recreation of Cahokia. That ...
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Why are the capitals of central Asian countries right against the borders?

These are different capitals and each case should be treated separately. There are few generalities that need to be discussed though, which apply to all five. You are really asking about the Soviet-...
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Why are the historical large cities in the southern US not the large cities in the South today?

The question is still a little bit fuzzy, but I think its due to not understanding what drove trade in the pre-industrial era, so I'm just going to get into that. The basic consideration here is ...
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How was law enforcement handled in large US cities before professional police?

Crime investigation was minimal, particularly because forensic science was non-existent or very crude. No fingerprinting. No autopsies to determine cause of death. No investigation of the crime ...
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Is there any example of one country devastating a third?

The British bombardment of Copenhagen in September 1807, to deny to the French the possible use of the Danish fleet, seems to fit the bill. The impacts, explosions, and fires resulted in nearly 1,000 ...
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What's the point of fortified castles inside fortified cities?

No, that was part of the defense strategy. Making the walls a little bit stronger over all wouldn't help as much as building a very strong keep. That's the general idea behind it. You are absolutely ...
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Was there a town called Munich in Jackson County, Tennessee?

The witnesses on the typed version (not the diagram) might give us a clue - one is "W. V. BRINGLE". A Walter V. Bringle was married in Tipton County, Tennessee, in 1896; I can;t find him in ...
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Why are the capitals of central Asian countries right against the borders?

It's not just about placing capital city, it's about on how population is distributed. If you look at a population density map of Central Asia, you will see that population is mostly concentrated in ...
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What jobs were available for migrants from the country to Rome?

There wasn't enough work. This was originally a problem created by slave labor: wealthy nobles owned slaves and large estates, and small farmers could not compete with them. They had to sell their ...
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Is there a database of ancient/current names of cities?

Not every ancient city survived to modern days. Sometimes (particularly in developed countries) there may be a new city in roughly the same place a matter of coincidence (within the dictates of ...
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Are there examples of cities planned for urban combat that actually experienced it?

For Europe, I would say, that most of the major cities were not designed to make urban combat more of a mess than it already is. Most of the original European cities were not planned at all but ...
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When did the number of motor driven vehicles surpass the number of horse driven vehicles in Paris, London, Berlin?

For central Europe, between 1925-1930 may be considered realistic. For France possibly sooner due to a higher motorized density between 1920 and 1930. The transition was uneven due to certain ...
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Why do old townhouses sometimes have a flat, windowless, undecorated wall on one side?

Because in many cases, as here (see below), the complex is built to within an inch or two of the property line. Why you ask? A few reasons: Zoning allows it. Property value is a sum of the value of ...
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Were bicycles widespread in the Soviet Union?

The answer by Alex is totally correct. The bicycles were used almost exclusively for recreation, mostly by children and teenagers. There were no bicycle roads so people used them mostly in parks. ...
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Why did Pre-Columbian Americans not build city walls?

I believe many did. Hopewell (mound builders) : This Hopewell mound in Newark Ohio looks an awe-full lot like a circular wall with a gate in the upper left hand corner. regarding the Inca, these look ...
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What's the reason for wider streets in East Germany?

Streets in East Germany are as wide as they are because the GDR was modern. More modern than West Germany. "Modern" here is an architectural term, not an evaluation of any proclaimed state ideology. ...
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What's the point of fortified castles inside fortified cities?

There are two additional reasons. First, in principle, any fortification can be overcome, with enough time and resources. But a very important question is how long will it take. By prolonging the ...
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Why are U.S. Northwestern metropolitan areas set back from the coast?

Geographically, the US Pacific Northwest is defined by two main factors: Very rugged terrain directly against the coast. This makes getting around difficult, and puts navigable waterways at a premium....
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Why were the cities of the Eastern European Plain founded much later than those elsewhere in Europe?

The question is based on false premises: The Eastern European Plain is often claimed as the homeland of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. If this is where the seeds of European civilisation were first sown,...
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Why do old townhouses sometimes have a flat, windowless, undecorated wall on one side?

It is an effect of closed perimeter block development. The address 'Arendalsgata No 3: Sagene working class society' looks like this from above: Orientation is the same as in the photo in question, ...
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Was any city/town/place named "Washington" prior to 1790?

The very George Washington's surname suggests that his ancestors originated from a similarly called place in England.
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What jobs were available for migrants from the country to Rome?

While Bendikt Grammer's answer is part of the truth, by no means all jobs were done by slaves and the Roman masses did a lot more than sit around depending on the state bread dole or rich patrons. ...
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