I was reading the Wikipedia entry on Indus Valley Civilization, came across this passage, and couldn’t help but think about how much we’ve regressed -
A sophisticated and technologically advanced urban culture is evident in the Indus Valley civilization. The quality of municipal town planning suggests knowledge of urban planning and efficient municipal governments which placed a high priority on hygiene. The streets of major cities such as Mohenjo-daro or Harappa were laid out in a perfect grid pattern, comparable to that of present day New York. The houses were protected from noise, odors, and thieves.
(reading the encyclopedia? I think we’ve firmly established that I’m a dork)