- from Middle Ages
Towns and cities were centers of trade, their busy streets full of stores.
Craftspeople often had their workshops above the stores. In some places, craftspeople of the same type had shops on the same street. So, tailors might be on one street, while shoemakers were on another. Even the largest cities held no more than 100,000 people. Compare that to New York City today, which is home to more than 8 million!