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The Urban Living conditions were crowded and unsanitary...
This resulted in many sicknesses and diseases being passed around from person to person.
Also, fires spread easily because the wooden structures were so close together and the fire leaped from building to building
This happened during the Chicago fire which destroyed over 18,000 buildings and killed 250 people. (there was a similar fire in Boston as well)
Many scientists thought that the many diseases and sicknesses were caused by a lack of ventilation and airflow so they created a new building style called a dumbbell tenement .
Scientists also improved the cities' water by adding new features like reservoirs and making the water cleaner and more sanitary.
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