Over 6,000 years of civilization rises and falls in this short video by The Guardian. The video kicks off with the founding of the Sumer, the urban civilization in Mesopotamia. Major cultural events are identified in the video as well as the establishment and collapse of new cities.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.