I’ve always been drawn to rivers, perhaps because most of my life I've lived near them: the Potomac, Rock Creek, Connecticut, Hudson, Don. I’ve walked their banks, rowed and paddled their waters, and tossed stones into them from docks.
It's no surprise that cities took root near rivers, thanks to the easy transport of raw materials, finished goods, and people. International trade evolved. Merchants and ruling elites prospered. Cities flourished and grew, eventually sprawling.