I’ve always been drawn to rivers, perhaps because most of my life I've lived near one: the Potomac River, Rock Creek, Connecticut River, the Hudson and East Rivers, the Don River. I’ve hiked along their banks, rowed and paddled in their waters, and picnicked on their 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.